Welcome! I am the Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London. We aim to promote and facilitate high quality research in philosophy, making it available to the widest possible audience. We are based in the Senate House in Bloomsbury, which inspired Orwell's description of the Ministry of Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four

I am also a Visiting Research Fellow on the project ‘Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry’, based at VU Amsterdam. 

Beyond these roles, I hold a Tutorial Fellowship at the New College of the Humanities, where I teach Ethics and Epistemology. 


The main area of my research is epistemology, especially social epistemology. Currently, I am writing a book titled What's the Point of Knowledge? The heart of this book is a simple but powerful idea: we can answer many interesting and difficult questions in epistemology by reflecting on the role of epistemic evaluation in human life. Beyond this topic, I also work in cognitive science, ethics, and philosophy of language. More recently, I've been working at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy, specifically on the role of truth in politics. 

Before moving to London, I was a Bader Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen's University (2016-17) and Postdoctoral Researcher (and Project Manager) for the $4.5 million Varieties of Understanding project at Fordham University in New York City (2013-16) . 

Bloomsbury Epistemology

I run the Bloomsbury Epistemology Group. We're a ragtag group of epistemologically inclined individuals who meet fortnightly in the Senate House to workshop papers. 

This photo was taken in Helsinki, where Jonathan Ichikawa captured me reaching for reason. 

This photo was taken in Helsinki, where Jonathan Ichikawa captured me reaching for reason. 

 
I was lucky enough to pursue an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, King's College. 

I was lucky enough to pursue an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, King's College

 
I am co-organizing a Political Epistemology conference in London on May 10-11. 

I am co-organizing a Political Epistemology conference in London on May 10-11. 

Talks in Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
- Knowledge in a Post-Truth World.  MANCEPT, Manchester, Sept 11-13, 2017.
- Why Purists Should Be Skeptics.  New Trends in Epistemology, Hamburg, Oct 5-7, 2017. 
- Skepticism and the Point of Knowledge.  University of Vienna, Nov 17, 2017.
- Knowledge in a Post-Truth World.  DHEPCAT Conference, Delft University, Dec 2017.
- What's the Point of Understanding?  American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Jan 3-7, 2018.
- What's the Point of Understanding?  Philosophy Guest Lecture, KU Leuven, Jan 29, 2018.
- What's the Point of Understanding?  Philosophy Research Seminar, New College of the Humanities, Feb 2018.
- Thought-Experimenting on Knowledge.  American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Feb 2018.
- Epistemic Universalism: An Aristotelian Approach.  The Epistemic Significance of Non-Epistemic Factors, Osnabrück, June 2018.