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). 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 scientific realism, inspired in part by Kant, which aims to overcome a number of impasses in the current scientific realism/anti-realism debate.
I am 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". I am Editorial Chair (jointly with Zvi Biener) of the PhilSci-Archive Board, and an Elected Member of the PSA Governing Board (2012-2015). I am also the Program Chair (jointly with Jan-Willem Romeijn) of the next European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA 2015) in Dusseldorf.
I am currently the Project Leader for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Philosophy and the Sciences.
I have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant as the Principal Investigator for a 3-year project on Kant and the Laws of Nature. Lessons from the Physical and the Life Sciences of the Eighteenth Century. The network will bring together eight institutions, nationally and internationally. I am currently also the PI 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, I will be 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.