Conner is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Philosophy. His research interests are in epistemology, metaethics, and the ethics of belief, and his dissertation focuses on the role of deliberation in our normative lives. More recently, Conner's attention has turned toward political epistemology. There, he is developing a defense of what he terms “epistemic insurance policies” – that is, roughly, epistemic norms for agents who are unable to tell whether they’re in a good epistemic position, but which will insure them in case they are indeed in a bad epistemic position. These include, for instance, norms for when one can’t tell whether one is in an echo chamber, for when one can’t tell whether someone is their epistemic peer, and for when one can’t tell which experts are reliable. He is also interested in the epistemology of ideology (in the Marxist/critical sense of the term).