I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum. I’m a member in the Emmy Noether Research Group “From perception to belief and back again“.

My doctoral thesis, which I defended in July 2018, 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 (2014-2018), I was

  • a Predoctoral Researcher on the Volkswagen Foundation project “A study in explanatory power” at  the University of Duisburg-Essen (2014-2018)
  • an Ernst Mach Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Salzburg (2017-2018)
  • a visiting doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh (2017) and at NYU (2015-2016)
  • 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).

Last but not least, I’m a member of the executive committee of the “Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Germany”  (since 2018) and an ambassador for SWIP Germany in the Ruhr area (since 2015).

If you’re interested in my research, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via (snail) mail, PhilPeopleResearchGate or Academia.

When not doing philosophy, I like dancing (esp. Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop), baking, playing board games, and (moderate) hiking.






news & Upcoming events:

  • February 2019: I give an invited talk on idealized models at the workshop “Scientific Understanding and Representation” at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne.
  • June 2019: Together with Edouard Machery, I host the workshop “Measurement in Cognitive Science” at the Ruhr University Bochum.
  • June 2019: Together with Peter Brössel, I host a Students meets Author workshop with Bence Nanay on his theory of perception at the Ruhr University Bochum.
  • July 2019: Together with Peter Brössel, Jim Pryor, and Filippo Vindrola, I host the pre-read workshop “Epistemology Seminar 2019” at the Ruhr University Bochum.