My areas of specialization are philosophy of the social and historical sciences; feminist philosophy of science; history and philosophy of archaeology; ethics issues in the social sciences.
Most fundamentally I’m curious about how inquiry succeeds under non-ideal conditions, and how we can best adjudicate the knowledge claims we rely on. My research is case-based, and focused on questions about the nature of evidence, ideals of objectivity, the role of values in science, and issues of accountability in science. I also publish on equity issues in philosophy and the sciences and, since moving to UBC in 2017, I’ve been exploring new lines of inquiry inspired by the UBC-based Indigenous/Science project.
- Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology, co-authored with Robert Chapman (Bloomsbury 2016). Website
- Material Evidence: Learning from Archaeological Practice, co-edited with Robert Chapman (Routledge 2015). Website
- “Temporal Data that Travel: Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology,” in Varieties of Data Journeys, eds. Leonelli & Tempini, Springer (in press).
- “Crossing a Threshold: Collaborative Archaeology in Global Dialogue,” Archaeologies 15.5 (2019): 570-587. Preprint
- “Rock, Bone and Ruin: A Trace-centric Appreciation”: Theory and Practice in Biology 11 (2019).
- 2017 Dewey Lecture: “From the Ground Up: Philosophy and Archaeology” APA Proceedings and Addresses 91 (2017): 118-136.
- “Representational and Experimental Modeling in Archaeology”: Springer Handbook of Model-based Science, eds. Magnani & Bertolotti, 2017, pp. 989-1002.
- “What Knowers Know Well: Standpoint Theory and the Formation of Gender Archaeology,” Scientiae Studia 15.1 (2017): 13-38.
- “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”: in Objectivity in Science, eds. Padovani, Richardson & Tsou, Springer (2015).
- 2012 APA Presidential Address: “Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters" APA Proceedings and Addresses 86.2: 47-76.
- “The Promise and Perils of an Ethic of Stewardship,” Embedding Ethics, eds. Meskell and Pells (Berg 2005).
- Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences, Tier 1
- Australian Academy of the Humanities, Corresponding Fellow
- 2013 Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the Year, Society for Women in Philosophy
- 2008 Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecturer, Archaeology Division, American Anthropological Association
- 1995 Presidential Award, Society for American Archaeology, for contributions to the Committee for Ethics in Archaeology
- “Witnessing and Translating: The Indigenous/Science Project”: 2019 Saunders Lecture, Australasian Association of Philosophy (July 2019): ABC Radio podcast
- “The Philosophy Exception: The Costs of Exclusion”: conference keynote, Excellence and Gender Equality (Australian National University, June 2019).
- “Radiocarbon Dating and Robustness Reasoning in Archaeology”: Australasian Association of Philosophy keynote (July 2019); Annual University of Ohio Philosophy of Science Lecture (February 2019).
- “Histories of Science in and for Practice: Turning Points in Archaeology”: Forum for History of the Human Sciences - Distinguished Lecture, History of Science Society (November 2018).
- “From the Ground Up: Philosophy and Archaeology”: 2017 Dewey Lecture, APA Pacific Division. Podcast & slides
- “What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology and Philosophy,”Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture, University of Nottingham (October 2017), Katz Distinguished Lecture, University of Washington (May 2016). Video