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.
- I am going to be visiting scholar at Stanford University's Philosophy Department in 2020, finishing my book manuscript on The Many Faces of Rational Choice Theory. Really excited about this!