See the Research page for my CV, a bullet-point guide to all my research,  individual cheat sheets for each essay, a research statement, and copies of every essay. 

The Media page lists podcasts, interviews, and similar. 

The Projects page describes innovative philosophy events, edited volumes,  and other philosophical community projects.

There are also pages about Circus endeavours, the Playhouse, Teaching, and Resources for Students, such as lists of philosophy summer schools. 

I have broad research interests. For talk invites, please feel free to specify what topics I should, or shouldn't, present on. 

My bio and a brief sketch of my research are below. 

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I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy and GSS (Gender and Sexuality Studies) at Tulane University. This is a dual appointment. Before that, I was an Associate Professor at University of Tennessee, the Andrew Fraser Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College (Oxford University), a Research Fellow at the Dembo Center for the Humanities, 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, to accept Oxford's Andrew Fraser Fellowship). 

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. In 2023 I received the Provost's Early Career Research Award. 

I am an associate editor at Law & Philosophy. I founded the Coursier-Cross Library. My Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number is 14 or less.*

Outside of academia, I am interested in physical, creative, and healing arts. I lead various kinds of fitness and physio activity, especially acro-balance. I perform with Dragonfly Circus and One World Circus and I facilitate Knoxville Acro Jams. I sometimes model and dance for artists and creative media.

I run a countercultural community space called the Playhouse. It nurtures community, collaboration, public philosophy, and the arts. Its raison d'etre is a space for adults to be playful

I specialise in epistemology, meta-philosophy, and social philosophy. My research areas include virtue epistemology, epistemic value, epistemic luck, the ethics of belief, the nature of understanding and explanation, the epistemic power of attention and doubt, how to model statistical inference and epistemic risk, and the relationships between base rates and judgements about individuals. 

I have projects on the epistemology of attention, self-deception, rape, trauma, love, sexuality, evidence law, and legal proof. I have side interests in the philosophy of self-harm, sex work, sex witchcraft, and circus. 

I am fascinated by how language shapes how people gather and constrains community flourishing, including within academia. Academic philosophy can learn a lot from listening to the countercultures. 

Back to the mainstream: I examine how normality conditions, proper functioning, and the concept-conception distinction affect philosophical methodology. I develop a ‘relevant alternatives framework’ approach to epistemic phenomena, including legal proof, corroboration, and justified belief; and I highlight the epistemic significance of social phenomena such as gaslighting, conspiracy theories, collective attention, and conceptual innovation on what individuals should believe. 

I defend a ‘purist’ epistemology, which holds that moral factors don’t affect epistemic justification; I do so by drawing attention to the 'breadth of epistemic normativity': That is, the many interactions between moral and epistemic phenomena that are consistent with purism. 

See the research page for cheat sheets, overviews, and essays. 

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., 30-75 minutes). The presentation covers time management strategies, goal setting, planning, kinds of accountability group, "work-life balance", and similar. 

2.) In informal academic settings I can lead "Pre-Hab for Academics", a 25-minute demonstration of simple, effective 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


*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.