My PhD project, funded by the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Rae Langton, uses ideas from philosophy of language, linguistics, feminist philosophy and ethics to explore the normative dimensions of speech. I am interested in the following topics:
- Pejorative language, like insults and slurs
- Thick concepts and terms
- Definitions of hate speech
- Links between language and emotion (especially shame)
- Sexual harassment
- Norms, normalisation and norm-enforcement
Before my PhD I did the BPhil, a two year master’s degree in philosophy at Oxford. My thesis, supervised by Tim Williamson, was on the semantics of the word ‘slut’ and the pragmatics of the utterance ‘You’re a slut’. I’m hoping to publish a section of that thesis soon. Before that, I studied PPE at Oxford as an undergraduate.
When not thinking about philosophy, I like playing the saxophone and hanging out with my dogs. I have also been involved in the University’s Breaking the Silence initiative, and am interested in ways university spaces can better prevent sexual misconduct and support those who experience it.