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.
Two of my current research projects are inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s work. I’m trying to get a better understanding of habit, and then see how this might help us live better lives. I’m also developing a phenomenological account of thought, which is consistent with Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of what we are.
A third strand of my current research involves thinking about issues to do with power and culture – the body comes into that, of course. I have published a couple of pieces connected with this ongoing project that take a critical look at Miranda Fricker’s conception of hermeneutical injustice.
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 also on the executive committee for the Society for Women in Philosophy (UK), and currently act as Treasurer.
I like collaborating with people and would love to hear from people interested in similar things. Do feel free to get in touch.