After completing a B.A. in neuroscience and philosophy at Bowdoin College, Dr. Fost earned a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton and was a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. In 1998 he left academics to work as a consultant and later a Chief Technology Officer, working for companies ranging from internet startups to a $1 billion international commercial real estate company. In 2004, InfoWorld magazine recognized him as one of the top 25 CTOs in the United States.
In 2005 he returned to academia, first teaching neuroaesthetics at Hampshire College, then becoming an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon, where he taught and wrote at the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy. He also developed and taught a variety of courses in the university’s freshman and sophomore general education program, on topics including architecture, comics, the philosophy of science, robotics, and artificial life. He joined Minerva in the spring of 2015 and is currently the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment.