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I’m currently a PERL Fellow (Prioritizing Emerging Research Leaders grant recipient) with HSI Philosophy at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia. Previously, I was a Research Associate working on the Templeton World Charity Foundation grant “Intelligence and Agency on Multiple Scales” (AIMS) with the McGivern Lab also at UOW 2020-22. I’ve lived in Australia for six years, and am originally from California. My pronouns are she/they. 

I’m currently pursuing several projects on agency, minimal cognition, and interscale dynamics. AIMS is an ongoing project involving a seminar series I continue to organize with Dr. Patrick McGivern, where we bring together scientists of all kinds and philosophers to discuss contemporary research on topics in cognitive biology. I am also a co-founder/organizer of the Minimal Cognition Project at the University of Wollongong, and I have been involved with the Active Materials Project at Georgetown University.  You can find more information on all of these projects at our lab website: https://www.uowblogs.com/mcgivernlab/

I received my PhD in Philosophy (of Mind and Cognition) at the University of Wollongong in Australia in 2020. My thesis research was on the ways that gender shapes cognition using the embodied, enactive framework, guided by work in feminist philosophy of science and standpoint theory. Much of my research has been at the crossroads of enactive and embodied cognition and feminist philosophy of science, looking at the relationship between gender and cognition.  

My dissertation, Having Gender in Mind, was supervised by Patrick McGivern, and co-supervised by Shaun Gallagher. My thesis was examined by Hanne De Jaegher and Michelle Maiese. I received my MA in philosophy from the University of Memphis in 2016, and my BA in philosophy from Cal State Fullerton in 2014.