I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum and member in the Emmy Noether Research Group “From perception to belief and back again“.
In July 2018 I defended my doctoral thesis, which was concerned with the nature of knowing why. It integrates debates about knowledge and concealed questions, (scientific) explanations, why-questions, gradability, and scientific idealizations. During my doctoral studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2014-2018), I spent time at the University of Salzburg (2017-2018), the University of Edinburgh (2017) and NYU (2015-2016). I was also the spokeswoman for a young researchers’ Interdisciplinary Network for Studies Investigating Science and Technology (“INSIST”) (2014-2016).
My main research falls along the border of epistemology and philosophy of science. I believe that the philosophical questions I am interested in are best addressed from a multi-fold perspective including science, epistemology, and linguistics. My research interests lie in topics in
- general philosophy of science (esp. why-questions, explanations, models & simulations),
- philosophy of cognitive science (esp. statistical tools, measurement),
- epistemology (esp. understanding, knowledge and concealed questions),
- formal semantics (esp. multi-modal content, non-declarative sentences),
- critical thinking instruction.
Although philosophy is my main occupation I have a profound interest in linguistics, as well. I was a Researcher on the interdisciplinary project “Speech-gesture alignment” of the CRC 673 “Alignment in Communication” at Bielefeld University (2011-2015).