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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 communication in maintaining 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 in the first place. Research in the science of science communication informs my work.

I also have keen interests in teaching and public philosophy. In particular, I aim to find ways to create partnerships between scientists, science journalists and philosophers of science by organizing events, such as a session on the philosophy of science journalism at the 2022 Philosophy of Science Association Conference and by writing for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media.