Robert May is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of California, Davis.

Prof. May received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He has held faculty positions at Barnard College, Columbia University, and at the University of California, Irvine, and has held visiting positions at Sophia University, University of Venice, Columbia University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Institut Jean-Nicod, École Normale Superieure. 

In 2018 and 2019, Prof. May served as Chair of the University of California Academic Senate, and he is currently affiliated with the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. May is an editor of The Journal of Philosophy. 

Prof. May is well-known for his contributions to theoretical linguistics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of logic. His publications include the books Logical Form: Its Structure and Derivation, Indices and Identity, and De Lingua Belief (the latter two in collaboration with Robert Fiengo), along with many influential articles. His current research is devoted primarily to studies of Frege, and to the meaning of pejorative words.