I'm currently a PhD student 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.
My dissertation project involves investigating how both individuals and groups form beliefs and make decisions. I'm particularly interested in analyzing why people believe things that lack evidence, how such belief might hinder society and how we might avoid the formation of such beliefs in the first place. I'm currently immersed in literature on this topic related to cults and climate change. Research in neuroscience, psychology and sociology informs my work.
I also 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 understanding about scientific process, or more broadly in scientific thinking.