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 working on papers addressing questions about the following issues: 1) knowledge transfer in its multiple contexts; 2) diffusion of scientific innovations, 3) scientific realism in economics; 4) the nature of critique in philosophy of the social sciences; 5) the history of the relationship between economics and psychology; 6) the status and justification of first principles in economics; 7) the impact of conflicts of interest on consensus finding; and 8) different ways in which economics has been normative.
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.
- Together with my colleagues Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan), Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College), I will organise the next HISRESS conference (June 8-9, 2018 at the University of Zurich). Here is the Call for Papers.
- 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.