Dr. Tobias Rees studied anthropology and philosophy in Germany and neurobiology in France. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from U.C. Berkeley (2006). In 2009, after he held positions at both the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, he joined McGill University in Montreal. Rees is the Director of the Transformations of the Human program at the Berggruen Institute and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Professor Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of anthropology, art history, the history of science, and the philosophy of modernity and concerns the study of knowledge/thought. More specifically, he is interested in how categories that order knowledge mutate over time –– because of humans, microbes, snails, the weather, AI or other events –– and in what effects these mutations have on conceptions of the human/the real.

The main areas of Professor Rees’ research have been the brain sciences, global health, the microbiome, and AI.