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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Research Fellow and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Researcher and a College Research Associate at St John's College. Having completed my PhD at HPS in 2016, I rejoined the department in 2017 after a post-doctoral position at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My doctoral work, on cultural evolution, won Clare Hall's Salje Medal for best dissertation in the Arts and Social Sciences.

My work analyses issues where human cognition, culture, politics, and biology intersect. My current project examines the metaphysical and epistemic assumptions underwriting cross-cultural comparison.


Research interests

General Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Sciences


Select publications

'Cognitive Novelties, Informational Form, and Structural-Causal Explanations.' Synthese. (forthcoming).

'A Systems Approach to Cultural Evolution' Palgrave Communications, 5(131). (With M Enquist and F Jansson). (2019).

'Causes of Cultural Disparity: Switches, Tuners, and the Cognitive Science of Religion.' Philosophical Psychology, 31(8), 1239–1264. (2018).

'Beyond Brain Size: Uncovering the Neural Correlates of Behavioral and Cognitive Specialization.' Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 13, 55–90 (2018). (With Logan, CJ, S Avin, N Boogert, FR Cross, A Currie, S Jelbert, D Lukas, R Mares, AF Navarette, S Shigeno, and SH Montgomery).

'Cultural Attractor Theory and Explanation.' Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 9(13), 1–20 (2017).

'What are cultural attractors?' Biology and Philosophy, 32(3), 377–394 (2017).

'How to be Skilful: Opportunistic Robustness and Normative Sensitivity.' Synthese, 192(5), pp. 1445–1466. (2015).