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.
- My paper Imagination Rather Than Observation in Econometrics: Ragnar Frisch's Hypothetical Experiments as Thought Experiments has just been accepted for publication in HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science in early 2019.
- My paper The Diversity of Rational Choice Theory: A Review Note will be published in TOPOI: An International Review of Philosophy as part of the special issue 'New Trends in Rational Choice Theory'.
- Our paper with Malte Doehne (UZH) offering Five Reasons for Using Network Analysis in the History of Economics has been accepted for the special issue 'Not Everything that can be Counted Counts: Historiographic Reflections on Quantifying Economics' for the Journal of Economic Methodology.
- Check out the website of our workshop on Concept Formation in the Natural and Social Sciences, which I am organizing with my colleague Sebastian Lutz (Uppsala University). It will take place on October 18 - 20, 2018 at the University of Zurich. Everybody is welcome to participate. Just write us an email to register.
- I will join the editorial board of the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences in 2019. I am really excited to take over this function.