Barry Lam

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Barry Lam received his BA in Philosophy and English at the University of California, Irvine (2001), and his PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University (January 2007). He produces a story-driven podcast about philosophy called Hi-Phi Nation.

BA, University of California-Irvine; MA, PhD, Princeton University
At Vassar since 2006


Rockefeller Hall
Box 55
By appointment

Research and Academic Interests

Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Departments and Programs


PHIL 105 Philosophical Questions
PHIL 310 Seminar in Analytic Philosophy

In the Media

Slate featured an episode of Hi-Phi Nation, the podcast by Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Barry Lam, associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College, has been awarded a 2019–2020 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship in the amount of $50,000 for Hi-Phi Nation, a popular philosophy podcast praised by the Guardian and the Huffington Post.

Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and his podcast, Hi-Phi Nation, were the subjects of a Philosopher’s Zone interview.

Barry Lam explores the question, “Is death always final?” in an episode of WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute.


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