Photo courtesy of Navot Naor (Madrid brain vat, 2017)

Photo courtesy of Navot Naor (Madrid brain vat, 2017)

I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

My current research focuses on the philosophy of emotion. I am interested in the role emotions play in political and legal decision-making, in the evaluation of risk, and in creativity and imagination. I also have a specialisation in ancient Greek philosophy, Plato mainly, which underpins my account of what emotions are and what they can do.

I am presently involved in a collaborative exhibition at Studio 3 Gallery, The Temporary Centre for Resistance, which aims to provide a practice-as-art space to imagine together what higher education could look like without precarity and without exploitation.

I was previously a Lecturer in Philosophy and Jurisprudence at the University of Stirling, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and have held Visiting Fellowships at the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (on aesthetics & political emotions) and the Universität Bielefeld’s Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (on human dignity). Prior to my PhD research, I worked for the Canadian Government on public policy and judicial appointments, and for the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. In my non-academic life, I build theremins and practice yoga, the artes prohibitae, experimental hangover alchemy, and selfcare as warfare.