I am Associate Professor and Department Chair. I was hired in the Philosophy Department at Guelph in 2002, after completing my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.
I am interested in working with graduate students on projects involving early modern philosophy, historical women philosophers, and the history of ethics.
I work on thinkers and issues in the early modern period (the 17th and 18th centuries). My interests are varied, but I'm chiefly interested in early modern women philosophers, John Locke, and moral philosophy in the early modern period. I have recently been interested in the concept of virtue in Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Anne Conway, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell, as well as in John Locke. I have been interested in tracing the development of the idea of virtue through the period as well as examining the role accorded to the passions, in many early modern thinkers, as forming the virtuous agent.
"Damaris Masham and Catharine Trotter Cockburn: Agency, Virtue, and Fitness" in The Routledge Handbook of Women and Early Modern European Philosophy, eds. Karen Detlefsen and Lisa Shapiro. Under contract with Routledge.
"Locke and Catharine Trotter Cockburn"inThe Lockean Mind, eds. Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. Routledge, 2022