I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Legal Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. I completed my PhD in Philosophy here at Edinburgh in 2014, as an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and Career Development Scholar. My primary research is in the philosophy of emotion. I am interested in the role emotion plays in political and legal decision-making, in the evaluation of risk and security, and in teaching and learning. I also have a specialisation in ancient Greek philosophy.

This year I served as local organiser and funding chair for the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions annual conference, and as an instructor for the Sutton Trust Summer School in Philosophy. In the autumn, I’ll be facilitating a series of seminars in Edinburgh-area schools on the dialogue between art and value as part of the John Byrne Award.

Please click here for my CV, and here for links to my current papers and publications.


Video lecture for the C2Learn Summer School on Creative Thinking


I caught up with BBC Scotland’s science journalism gurus to discuss UK funding for humanities research in light of this year’s Nobel Prize Awards. Have a listen.