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I'm currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, I was a science journalist for 10 years, working most recently for FactCheck.org, where I vetted claims made by politicians about climate change to public health.

 

As a philosopher, I examine the importance of science journalism and education in  a healthy democracy. I'm particularly interested in analyzing why people deny science, how such denial might harm individuals and society and how we might avoid such denial. Research in the science of science communication informs my work. I also have a keen interest in free speech, including debates about Section 230 of U.S. Communications Decency Act.

I also take seriously my position as a teacher and public philosopher. In particular, I aim to find ways to create partnerships between scientists, science journalists and philosophers of science. At the moment, this includes organizing a session on the philosophy of science journalism at the 2022 Philosophy of Science Association Conference and writing for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media. I'm also working towards a teaching certificate from the Center for Teaching and Learning at UPenn.