My work is a combination of philosophy of language (especially speech act theory), ethics, and feminist philosophy. I also like to draw from linguistics, sociology, and law. My primary research interest lies in the relationship between language and social norms and values. I see language as an immensely powerful tool. It’s not just a means of sharing information; it also shapes what we believe, how we feel, how we act, and even what there is in the world.
I have a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, and undergraduate and master’s degrees in philosophy from Oxford. My PhD project, ‘Speech, Sex, and Social Norms’, funded by the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Rae Langton and Clare Chambers, explored different ways norms of gender and sexuality are enforced through speech.
I set up and continue to run the Cambridge Meaning Group, which discusses papers in philosophy of language.
- ‘Please Like This Paper’, Philosophy, 2021 (Joint winner of Royal Institute of Philosophy essay prize, 2020)
- ‘Your Word Against Mine: The Power of Uptake’, Synthese, forthcoming
- ‘Shaming, Blaming, and Responsibility’, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2021
- ‘Flirting’, in Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex (C. Chambers, B.D. Earp and L. Watson, eds.), forthcoming
- ‘Reading is Fundamental’ (about the act of ‘throwing shade’), in RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy, Open Court, 2019
- ‘Death by a Thousand Cat Calls’, Public Ethics Blog, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, 2021
- ‘The Ethics of Microaggression’, The Times Literary Supplement, 2021