I am an assistant professor of Social Theory and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, holding a joint appointment at the Institute of Philosophy and the Institute of Sociology of the University of Zurich. I am also affiliated with the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU Munich. I work on topics in philosophy and history of science. I focus on the social sciences and on economics in particular. I also have an interest in some issues in sociology of science and empirical research on the underrepresentation of women in academic philosophy.
Currently, I am mainly engaged in finishing two book manuscripts on the uses and justifications of rational choice theories in economics (see book and interview project). I am also working on papers addressing questions about the following issues: 1) diffusion of scientific innovations; 2) scientific realism in economics; 3) the nature of critique in philosophy of the social sciences; 4) the history of the relationship between economics and psychology; 5) the status and justification of first principles in economics; 6) the impact of conflicts of interest on consensus finding; 7) the usefulness of empirical network analysis for history and philosophy of science; and 8) factors contributing to the gender gap in philosophy.
To address these and other questions, I use a variety of methods from philosophy, sociology, and history of science. I apply traditional approaches - such as case studies - but also quantitative-empirical methods in history and philosophy of the social sciences; I do archival research in my historical research; I conduct long interviews to get into close contact with scientific practitioners; and I closely collaborate with sociologists and psychologists to study gender issues in philosophy.
- We will organize a Master Class with Brian Epstein (Tufts University) on The Nature of the Social World: Foundations and Applications. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2019. Participation is free. You find more information here.
- Together with Harro Maas (University of Lausanne), we are organizing a workshop on 'Current Research on the History of
Economics in Switzerland and Beyond' on June 4, 2019 at the University of Zurich. Here is the program. Please contact us, if you want to participate.
- Together with my colleagues Chiara Lisciandra and Carlo Martini, we organize a conference entitled The Soul of Economics at the University of Zurich in September 2019. Check the conference website for more information and for the call for papers.
- I will start as a book review editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought in July 2019. Very excited to take up this task.