I’m a philosopher of the social and historical sciences whose primary interests are to understand how we know what (we think) we know under non-ideal circumstances, and address issues of accountability that arise in research practice. I work on such questions as: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the central role that contextual values play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and its practice – to the diverse communities it affects? In addition to characterizing strategies of practical evidential reasoning, I publish on feminist standpoint theory and on normative issues raised by an ethic of stewardship and collaborative practice in archaeology. For details, click here.
I am honored to have joined the Philosophy Department at UBC in July 2017. Please note my new contact information above.
News and Current Projects
Material Evidence: Learning From Archaeological Practice
Chapman and Wylie (Routledge 2015)
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2016 Katz Distinguished Lecture
Simpson Center, University of Washington
- “What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology” – May 2016, 7:00pm, Kane Hall 120
- Lecture available on Youtube
- Published in Scientiae Studia 15.1 (2017): 13-38. Preprint
Community-Based Collaborative Research
Two recent essays explore the benefits of archaeological collaboration with descent communities and stakeholders:
- “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology” in Objectivity in Science, Padovani, Richardson, and Tsou (eds.), Springer (2015). Preprint.
- “Community-Based Collaborative Archaeology” in Philosophy of Social Science, Cartwright and Montuschi (eds.), Oxford (2014). Preprint.