I am interested in systematic themes in the History of Philosophy and principal questions about what philosophy is. I mainly work in the Early Modern Period, especially on Émilie Du Châtelet, but also on Leibniz, Wolff and other Early Modern rationalists. I have a strong interest in Kant and Heidegger. I've worked hard on the inclusion of the brilliant women of the past into our picture of the history of philosophy today.
I am Associate Faculty in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. I'm working on a DAAD funded research project on Du Châtelet's Contribution to the Principle of Sufficient Reason within the Early Modern Period, especially in relation to Leibniz and Wolff.
I was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Paderborn University, Germany from 2020-2022.
Prior to this, I was for 2 years a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University on a DFG research grant. My research project was concerned with the question of how the content of thought, related to the senses, and the form of thought, related to representation itself, became separated and how they relate to each other in the Early Modern Period leading up to Kant. To answer this question crucial to Rationalism and Kant, I focused on Kant, Descartes, Leibniz and Du Châtelet. One aim of this undertaking was to re-write an important chapter of the Early Modern Period by acknowledging and investigating Du Châtelet's contribution to it. Following Harvard, I was a Research Fellow at the HU Berlin for 2 months as an extension of the project.
I completed my PhD at Freiburg University with a summa cum laude. Prior to my DFG-Research Fellowship, I was a Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the FAZIT Foundation and the Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds. Prior to my Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University I was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and a Recognised Student at the University of Oxford.