Skye C. Cleary PhD MBA is a philosopher and author of How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment (St Martin’s Press / Ebury 2022), Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2020).
She was a MacDowell Fellow (2021), awarded the 2021 Stanford Calderwood Fellowship, won a New Philosopher magazine Writers’ Award (2017), and a New York State Assembly Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Community Outreach and Professional Empowerment (2023).
Skye teaches at Columbia University and the City University of New York, and previously at ThinkOlio, the New York Public Library, and with incarcerated students.
She is former Editor-in-Chief of the American Philosophical Association’s Blog, an advisory board member of Strategy of Mind, and a certified fellow with the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. Before philosophy, she was an international equity arbitrageur, management consultant, and Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserves.
Her work has been published with The Paris Review, Aeon, The Times Literary Supplement, TED-Ed, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Independent, The Conversation, Business Insider, New Republic, and others. A selection of her writing can be found here. Skye is also becoming an Existential DJ.
Born and raised in Sydney, Skye now lives in New York City.
For literary inquiries, contact The Science Factory.
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