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). Besides, 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 about science and knowledge production, 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.
- A paper of mine on explanation in economics has been accepted by the Journal of Economic Methodology. Check it out here.
- Kevin Hoover (Duke University) will visit us in Zurich on June 1 and 2 to hold a Masterclass on Reductionism and Anti-reductionism in Economics. We encourage Master's degree and PhD students in history and/or philosophy of science as well as of economics to apply. You find more information here.
- Together with my colleague Sebastian Lutz (University of Uppsala), I am organizing a workshop entitled Concept Formation in the Natural and the Social Sciences, which will take place in October 2018. The deadline for submitting an abstract is May 7, 2018. Find more details here.
- You find some upcoming talks here.
- Read features about my work here on Science Vision, the Philosophy of Science Association Women's Caucus blog and here on the SWIP Germany e.V. blog.