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Oct 1995 – Dec. 1998
University College London
PhD in Philosophy

Oct 1993 – June 1995
University College London
Master of Philosophy

Oct 1989 – June 1992
King’s College London
B.A (Hons) Degree in Philosophy
First Class Degree

Thesis: ‘Noun Phrases: The nature of reference and ambiguity’. Examined by Prof. Ernie Lepore (Rutgers) and Prof. Gabriel Segal (KCL), December 1998. Passed without corrections.


Dec. 2017 – present

Seat on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Studies, London.

Aug 2015 – present

Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University. (CCD:

2013 – present

Member of the Executive Committee, Mind Association.

Jan 2013 – present
Director, Centre for Cognition Research (CCR), Reading

Sept 2009 – Dec 2012
Head of Philosophy Department, University of Reading

April 2007 – present
Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading

Oct 2005 – March 2007
Reader in Philosophy, University of Reading

(Nov 2006 – Nov 2007: maternity leave)

Oct 1998 – Sept.2005
Lecturer, University of Reading.

(Jan 2004 – August 2004: maternity leave)


Sept 2014 – Sept 2016
PI on ‘Pervasive Context-sensitivity’, AHRC Research Network with Peking University, China (c.£27,000).

May – July 2014
PI on ‘Mirror Neurons, intersubjectivity and intellectual humility’. Templeton research cluster (c. £3,000).

March – June 2011
White Distinguished Visiting Professor ($35,000), University of Chicago.

Sept – Nov 2006
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Studies, London.
(Invitation originally extended and accepted for academic year 2006-7; however subsequently curtailed due to maternity leave.)

April 06 – May 09
Philip Leverhulme Prize (£50,000 award made to ‘outstanding young researchers’).

Jan – March 2006
AHRC Research Leave Award.

May 2003
British Academy Overseas Conference Grant.

Jan – March 03
AHRB Research Leave Award.

April – June 02
Mind Association Fellowship.

Sept – Dec 99
Visiting Professor, Rutgers Centre for Cognitive Science.

Oct 96 – 1998
British Academy Postgraduate Research Award.

Oct 95 – June 1996
Follett Scholar, UCL.

Oct 93 – June 1995
British Academy Postgraduate Research Award.
Jacobsen Prize, UCL essay prize.