I am University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. My field is contemporary political philosophy, mainly (but not exclusively) Anglo-American analytical theory. There are three main strands to my work: feminism, liberalism, and social construction.
I am the author of two books: Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State University Press, 2008) and, with Phil Parvin, Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (Hodder, 2012). My third book, Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2017.
I have also written numerous articles and chapters on political philosophy, which you can see on the Publications page of this site. My writing and interests include the following topics:
- Liberalism: autonomy, choice, consent, distributive equality, equality of opportunity, multiculturalism, religion, global justice, liberal feminism, political v comprehensive v perfectionist liberalism, public reason, the work of John Rawls.
- Feminism: the body, beauty and appearance norms, cosmetic surgery, personal relationships, marriage, parenthood, liberal feminism, radical feminism, the work of Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon.
- Social construction: social norms, the limitations of choice, genealogy, social practices, gender, culture, religion, the work of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu.
I am also:
- The Secretary of the UK & Ireland Association for Political Thought.
- Associate Editor of the journal Res Publica.
- A member of the Working Party on Cosmetic Procedures for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
On these pages you will find more information on my research, publications, teaching, public engagements and impact.