I am Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Dept. of Philosophy, at the University of Edinburgh.
I did my Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (2002), under the supervision of Michael Redhead and Carl Hoefer. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge (2002-2005); and Visiting Professor in the HPS Dept., University of Pittsburgh (fall 2009) and the Dept of Philosophy, University of Florence (spring 2016). From Oct. 2005 to June 2012, I taught in Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.
I work primarily on philosophy of science, Kant, and the intersection between contemporary philosophical problems and historical and contemporary scientific practice (see my Research Interests).
In recent years, I have been focusing on two issues: (i) Kant's philosophy of natural science, and (ii) developing a new form of realism, perspectival realism, inspired in part by Kant, which aims to overcome a number of impasses in the current scientific realism/anti-realism debate.
Since 2011, I have been the the Editor-in-Chief (together with Steven French) of the British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
I am a founding member of Integrated HPS, and a member of the Palgrave Macmillan editorial board for the series "New Directions in Philosophy of Science". From 2012-2015, I was Editorial Chair (jointly with Zvi Biener) of the PhilSci-Archive Board, and an Elected Member of the PSA Governing Board (2012-2015).
In 2015 I have been elected Vice-President of the European Philosophy of Science Association.
Since 2014 I have been the Project Leader for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Philosophy and the Sciences.
From 2012-2015 I was the PI on a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant on Kant and the Laws of Nature. Lessons from the Physical and the Life Sciences of the Eighteenth Century. The network has brought together eight institutions, nationally and internationally.
I was also the PI (2014-5) for an Interdisciplinary and International Research Group on Philosophy of the Natural and Human Sciences. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH, Edinburgh) and hosted by the Eidyn Research Centre.
From January 2016 until December 2020, I am the Principal Investigator on a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant on Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point.
My husband, Mark Sprevak, is a philosopher of mind at the University of Edinburgh, and we have a son, Edward, born in 2010.