Research

My PhD project, funded by the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Rae Langton and Clare Chambers, explores the ways we use language to enforce social norms and standards. I am interested in speech act theory, thick concepts and terms, hate speech, blame, discrimination, sexual harassment and social norms. My work is often interdisciplinary, drawing from linguistics, sociology and law.

I run a weekly philosophy of language reading group at Cambridge; you can sign up to the mailing list here.

Papers

My current working papers include:

  • ‘Blaming and Shaming’ – in review
  • ‘Sluts and Slurs’ – in review
  • ‘Cat-Calling and Compliments’ – in review
  • ‘Speech Acts and Time’ – in progress
  • ‘The Nature of Uptake’ – in progress
  • ‘Policing Speech’ – in progress
  • ‘On Flirting’ – in progress

I also recently contributed a chapter about the speech act of ‘throwing shade’ to RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy.

Talks 

Invited and Refereed

  • ‘What’s Uptake?’, Speech Acts, Expression, and Social Context, University of Szczecin, 2020 (upcoming)
  • ‘Policing Speech’, Hate Speech: What It Is and How It Works, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2020 (upcoming)
  • ‘Cat-Calls and Accommodation’, Moral Sciences Club, University of Cambridge, 2020 (upcoming)
  • ‘Cat-Calls and Accommodation’, Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 2019
  • ‘Online Speech’, Sixth International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, University of Lodz, 2019
  • ‘Shaming Speech’, The Social Institution of Norms, University of Vienna, 2019
  • ‘Shaming Speech Acts’, Speech As Action, University of Trieste, 2018
  • ‘Catcalls and Compliments’, Just Words: Early Career Workshop, UCL, 2018
  • ‘Sluts and Slurs’, Context, Cognition & Communication Conference, University of Warsaw, 2018
  • ‘Hermeneutical Resources’, Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 2017
  • ‘Revenge Pornography’, Open Minds Conference, University of Manchester, 2016
  • ‘Bathroom Bills’, The Centre for Gender Studies Biennial Gender Research Conference, University of Hull, 2016

Other

  • ‘Cat-Calls and Accommodation’, Pragmatics Workshop, University of Cambridge, 2019
  • ‘Sluts, Slurs and Neutral Counterparts’, Presupposition, Force and Social Norms, University of Cambridge, 2018
  • ‘Sluts and Slurs’, Graduate Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2017
  • ‘Revenge Pornography’, Ockham Society, University of Oxford, 2016