Since 2014, I’m a doctoral researcher in R. van Riel’s VolkswagenStiftung-project “A study in explanatory power” (University of Duisburg-Essen). My PhD thesis is concerned with the nature of knowing why. 2017 – 2018, I will spend at the University of Salzburg as an Ernst Mach visiting research fellow (host: Ch. Werndl). I was a visiting PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (host: D. Pritchard) and at NYU (hosts: M. Strevens, C. Elgin). During my PhD studies, I was also the spokeswoman for a young researchers’ Interdisciplinary Network for Studies Investigating Science and Technology (“INSIST”) (2014 – 2016).
My research interests lie in topics in
- general philosophy of science (esp. explanation, models & simulations, statistical tools, measurement),
- epistemology (esp. knowledge-wh(y), understanding),
- formal semantics (esp. multi-modal utterances),
- critical thinking instruction and argumentation theory.
Although philosophy is my main occupation I have a profound interest in linguistics, as well. 2011 – 2015, I was a research associate in H. Rieser & St. Kopp’s interdisciplinary project “Speech-gesture alignment” of the CRC 673 “Alignment in Communication” (Bielefeld University). At Bielefeld University I also did my undergraduate studies and graduate studies in Philosophy and Linguistics (2008 – 2014).
Last but not least, I’m an ambassador for the “Society for Women in Philosophy Germany” since 2015.