About

11-DSC07072-EditI am currently a Marie Curie Fellow at Utrecht University (Freudenthal Institute & Descartes Centre), working on the philosophy of dark energy. As of September 2023 I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Black Hole Initiative, Harvard, working on the philosophy of black holes. I am also one of the philosophy co-leads of the ngEHT collaboration, focusing on the social epistemology and governance structure of this collaboration of 300+ astronomers, engineers, philosophers, historians & sociologists attempting to record the first ever high-quality video of a black hole. Moreover, I am a member of the St. Andrews – Bonn Gravitational Constant Network.

My research interests within philosophy of physics, metaphysics and philosophy of science focus on astronomy & cosmology (especially dark matter and dark energy), symmetries, physical quantities, spacetime & gravity, and the epistemology of scientific collaborations.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy of Physics within the interdisciplinary research unit ‘Epistemology of the LHC’, located at the University of Bonn, Germany, in the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics, and at RWTH Aachen University, in the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology. We (still) investigate philosophical aspects of the Dark Matter vs Modified Gravity debate. My DPhil (=PhD) thesis was accepted in 2017, after being supervised by Oliver Pooley, David Wallace and Adam Caulton whilst I was a member of Magdalen College (University of Oxford). It discusses what it means for a physical magnitude to be dimensionful. Before that I did an MSt in Philosophy of Physics, also at Magdalen College, and before that a BSc and MSc in Theoretical Physics and a BA in Philosophy of Physics at the University of Groningen. Other brief adventures include being a visiting philosopher at Princeton, chasing ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays at the Rudolf Peierls Institute (Oxford), being a psychology minor at the Australian National University, and internshipping in Cairo.

I am a big fan of Octopush (underwaterhockey), dancing & teaching Bachata & SalsaCanoe PoloRowing, Backpacking, Surfing, and Symphonic Gothic Metal.

Photo by Nurida Boddenberg