Marya Schechtman is a Professor of Philosophy and a member of UIC's Laboratory of Integrated Neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard in 1988. She specializes in the philosophy of personal identity, with special attention to the connection between ethical and metaphysical identity questions. She also works on practical reasoning and the philosophy of mind, and has an interest in Existentialism, bioethics, and philosophy and technology. Professor Schechtman is the author of The Constitution of Selves (Cornell 1996) and numerous essays on personal identity and related topics. Her new book Staying Alive: Personal Identity, Practical Concerns, and the Unity of a Life (Oxford University Press, 2014) offers a novel methodological approach to questions of personal identity and a new kind of account of identity in terms of the unity of a characteristic kind of life.