I am a philosopher of science and social epistemologist particularly interested in scientific knowledge production as a social activity. My research also intersects with philosophy of economics and digital humanities. I am currently an instructor with the Bard Prison Initiative, part of Bard College. From 2013-15, I was an assistant professor at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I defended my dissertation, entitled Science Market Analogies: A Philosophical Investigation, in 2016 at the University of Toronto.
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My research concentrates on the social epistemology of science. My dissertation is about analogies between the marketplace and science, and what we can conclude about scientific knowledge and the operation of science based on those analogies. I am currently interested in elaborating accounts of the market as an epistemic system, prediction markets, collective epistemology, and the organization of climate science.
I have taught lecture-style and seminar classes in history and philosophy of science, history of economics, economic history, and liberal arts.