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“.
As of August 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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).
I work in three research areas:
- At the intersection of philosophy of science and epistemology, I explore the nature of scientific reasoning or the epistemology of science. In particular, I work on the nature of (answers to) why questions, scientific models and idealizations, scientific understanding, applied statistical reasoning, and measurement in cognitive sciences.
- In semantics, my research focuses on non-declarative sentences (such as interrogative sentences and imperative sentences) and on multi-modal meaning. In particular, I examine how non-declarative sentences can be analyzed in truth-centered semantic frameworks and how speech meaning and the meaning of other modalities (especially gesture meaning) interact. I was a Researcher on the interdisciplinary project “Speech-gesture alignment” of the CRC 673 “Alignment in Communication” at Bielefeld University (2011-2015).
- I work on the pedagogy of logic and critical thinking. I’m especially concerned with how to best teach logic to people who are not drawn to formalisms or math.
Some of my research projects combine these areas, such as my work on why questions and the gradability of knowing why, my work on knowledge and concealed questions (such as knowing when, where, etc.), and some projects in philosophy of cognitive science with an emphasis on linguistics (e.g., measurement in neurolinguistics).