My research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism—especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. I work on ethical formation, philosophical and religious ethics, and questions of methodology, form, and content. With respect to the latter I am particularly interested in literature as a medium through which questions about ethics and meaning are explored.
Before joining Regent’s Park College I taught at King’s College London, the University of Hertfordshire, and St Peter’s College, Oxford. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Treasurer of the UK Sartre Society.
My role in College
I am Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics and Director of Studies in Philosophy.
I teach undergraduate papers in Moral Philosophy, Ethics, Post-Kantian Philosophy (Nietzsche, Sartre), Feminism and Philosophy, and Christian Moral Reasoning. I also teach the Philosophy and Feminism of Simone de Beauvoir for the Humanities Division’s MSt in Women’s Studies.
- Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Bloomsbury, 2019)
- with George Pattison, The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought (Routledge, 2018)
- Sartre on Sin: Between Being and Nothingness (Oxford University Press, 2017)
- Sartre and Theology (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2017)
Articles and Research Papers
- ‘Early Existentialisms’ in the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy, ed. by Daniel Whistler and Mark Sinclair (Oxford: Oxford University Press). forthcoming
- ‘Kate Kirkpatrick on Simone de Beauvoir’, in Women of Ideas, ed. Suki Finn (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 2020
- ‘Simone de Beauvoir’, in The Philosopher Queens, ed. Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting (London: Unbound). 2020
- ‘Master, Slave, and Merciless Struggle: Sin and Lovelessness in Sartre’s Saint Genet’ Sartre Studies International 25(1): 22–34. 2019
- ‘Degrees of Being? Augustine’s Ontological Pluralism’, in Being Saved, ed. Joshua Farris et al. (London: SCM Press). 2018
- ‘Beneath the Surface: Whose Phenomenology? Which Art?’, in Mysticism, Art and Articulation, ed. Helen Appleton and Louise Nelstrop (Abingdon: Routledge). 2017
- ‘“A Perpetually Deceptive Mirage”: Blaise Pascal and Jean-Paul Sartre on the Sinful (No)Self’, in Self or No-Self?, Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, ed. Ingolf Dalferth and Marlene Block (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck). 2017
- ‘Answering Sartre: Paul Tillich and the Socrates of Nothingness’, in Returning to Tillich: Theology and Legacy in Transition, ed. Russell Re Manning and Samuel Shearn (Berlin: de Gruyter). 2017
- ‘Analytic Theology and The Phenomenology of Faith’, Journal of Analytic Theology 4: 222–233. 2016
- ‘Sartre: An Augustinian Atheist?’, Sartre Studies International, 21(1): 1–20, 2015
- ‘Past Her Prime? Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Old Age’, Sophia 53(2): 275–287. 2014
- ‘Jean-Paul Sartre: Mystical Atheist or Mystical Antipathist?’ European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 5(2): 159–168. 2013