My primary philosophical interests are epistemic and ethical questions that arise directly from research practice: 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? As a philosopher of the social and historical sciences I’m particularly interested in these issues as raised by archaeological practice and by feminist research in the social sciences. To explain how evidential constraints operate in archaeology I analyze strategies of triangulation and scaffolding that turn on the use of background knowledge, and to explore the epistemic role of contextual interests I’ve developed a cluster of projects on collaborative practice and feminist standpoint theory. I am also actively working on issues of accountability to research subjects and stakeholders affected by social and historical research. For details, click here.

I’m honored to join the Philosophy Department at UBC beginning 1 July 2017. Please note the new contact information above.

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News and Current Projects

Material Evidence: Learning From Archaeological Practice

Chapman and Wylie (Routledge 2015)

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Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology

Chapman and Wylie (Bloomsbury 2016)

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Community Based Collaborative Research

Two new essays explore the benefits of archaeological collaboration with descent communities and stakeholders:

• “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”: in Objectivity in Science, edited by Padovani, Richardson, and Tsou, Springer (2015).

• “Community-Based Collaborative Archaeology”: in Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction, edited by Cartwright and Montuschi, Oxford University Press (2014).

2016 Katz Distinguised Lecture
Simpson Center
University of Washington

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• "What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology" - May 2016, 7:00pm, Kane Hall 120

• Lecture available on Youtube

2017 Dewey Lecture

From the Ground Up: Philosophy of Archaeology   

Pacific Division APA
April 2017

Audiopodcast & Powerpoint Slides


Professional Society News

2017 Dewey Lecturer - Pacific Division APA Meeting

Philosophy of Science Association President - 2016 Election Results

2016 EPSA Interview on "Women in Science" with Michela Massima

2013 SWIP Woman Philosopher of the Year