In 1995, Kranjec received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Grinnell College in Iowa. While at Grinnell, Kranjec enjoyed singing in a punk band called Better Off Airport. The name, according to Kranjec, "was not supposed to make sense."
Kranjec received his doctorate in experimental psychology in 2006 from the City University of New York. Before starting at Duquesne in the fall of 2012, Kranjec worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Neurology Department and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.
After attending graduate school, Kranjec began to take a different look at his "big picture" idea of philosophy.
"It is sort of unsatisfying because there are no answers," Kranjec said.