I work in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sheffield (UK). My fundamental interest is in the body, and what it is to be the sort of embodied creatures that we are. That led me quite early on in my academic life to the phenomenological tradition, particularly the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I’m basically persuaded by his vision of us as a bundle of embodied habits and skills; this is reflected in lots of what I write. As well as thinking about how to interpret some of his work, I’ve also developed some of his ideas to give a more complete view of agency, and used theories from the phenomenological tradition more broadly to tackle debates in contemporary philosophy of mind.
I am currently working on two research projects. I’m trying to develop a phenomenological account of thought, which is consistent with Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of what we are; and I’m writing a book about Fanon’s philosophy, which draws together some of the things I’ve been thinking about recently to do with power and culture.
I have an ongoing collaboration with artist and photographer Laura Page.
I am co-editor – along with Søren Overgaard and David Cerbone – of the book series, Routledge Research in Phenomenology.
I’m on the executive committee and currently act as Treasurer for the Society for Women in Philosophy (UK); I’m a member of the editorial board for the European Journal of Philosophy; and I’m on the executive committee of the Aristotelian Society.
I like collaborating with people and would love to hear from people interested in similar things. Do feel free to get in touch.