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

 

As a philosopher, I'm interested in investigating how people form beliefs and make decisions, both as individuals and as groups. I'm particularly interested in false belief: how it should be construed, how and why it arises and how and why it's sustained. I'm particularly interested in false beliefs related to cults, Covid and climate change, where group identity plays an important role. My research is informed by work in neuroscience, psychology and sociology.

 

I have keen interests in teaching and public philosophy. I aim to find ways to inform science journalism with philosophy of science by teaching journalists how to report scientific process, not just scientific facts.  Why? Because scientific misinformation, I think, is at least partly rooted in the public's lack of knowledge about scientific process.