I am on the Philosophy Faculty at University of Tennessee. In the 2023-24 academic year I will be a fellow at the UT Humanities Center. I was previously the Andrew Fraser Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College, Oxford University and a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
My doctorate is from Rutgers University. My doctoral research received Rutgers University's highest student prize, the Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award. I later received the UK's Royal Institute of Philosophy's Essay Prize and Canada's Killam Fellowship (declined).
In 2022 I received the Chancellor's Notable Woman Award from the University of Tennessee and was listed in the 40-under-40 list for East Tennessee. I am an associate editor at Law & Philosophy. My Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number is 14 or less.*
Outside of academia, I am interested in physical, creative, and healing arts. I am trained in massage, and I instruct Thai massage and other body art therapeutics. I lead various kinds of fitness activity, especially acro-balance.
I perform with Dragonfly Circus and One World Circus and I facilitate Knoxville Acro Jams. I sometimes model for photographers and other artists.
I am the founder and proprietor of a countercultural community space called the Playhouse. It nurtures community, collaboration, and the arts. Its raison d'etre is a space for adults to be playful.
See the research page for (i.) my academic CV (ii.) A bullet-point guide to all my essays and (iii.) Cheat sheets for some recent essays.
I specialise in epistemology and meta-philosophy. My research areas include the nature of understanding and explanation, virtue epistemology, epistemic value, social epistemology, legal epistemology, and applied epistemology.
My recent projects concern evidence law, epistemology of rape, and the ethics of belief. I am increasingly interested in the epistemic power of attention and doubt.
I also have interests in philosophy of science, statistical inference, social philosophy, and the philosophy of love, sexuality, and sex work.
If you are a grad student or within four years of receiving a PhD, and work on these philosophy topics, I particularly encourage you to email me if you want to talk through your ideas.
Non-Research Sessions for Academics
1.) During colloquia visits and some workshops, I can also present an informal and irreverent session called "Work Skills, Distilled: A Year of Productivity Training in n Minutes". It is a condensed, distilled version of many, many hours of productivity trainings. The content can be adapted for sessions of various lengths (i.e., 40-70 minutes).
It covers time management strategies, goal setting, planning, kinds of accountability group, "work-life balance", and similar. Note that I have a somewhat unusual perspective on these topics, which I make clear in the sessions.
2.) In informal academic settings I can lead "Pre-Hab for Academics", a 25-minute demonstration of simple physio-informed stretches for neck and shoulder health. It simplifies recent developments in kinesthesiology, to help academics protect their neck and shoulders from the damage of desk work. The techniques are simple and effective, and yet largely unknown.
*For Bacon, I'm in a film with Christopher Lee. For Black Sabbath, I performed with Rising Appalachia, who performed with Ani DiFranco. The chain is Prince-Stevie Nicks-Dave Walker. For Erdos, the quickest route is via mathematician Brian Zaharatos.