Skye (2021) windswept at an Australian beach

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).

Skye teaches at Columbia University, Barnard College, 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-EdLos Angeles Review of Books, The IndependentThe ConversationBusiness Insider, New Republicand others. In 2021, she was a MacDowell Fellow. In 2017, she won the New Philosopher Writers’ Award.  A selection of her writing can be found here. She was also a one-time philosophical DJ and her existential playlist can be found here.

She has a black belt in taekwondo and loves scuba diving.  She stands up for marine conservation and against palm oil.  Skye misses swimming and diving in Australian water but loves New York City’s icecream and cocktails.

For literary inquiries, contact Tisse Takagi, of The Science Factory.


Photo of Skye Cleary
Skye (2021) at MacDowell. Photo credit: Rachael Warecki

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