BiographyBefore joining the IDEA Centre, I completed my PhD, entitled Party to the Hypothetical Contract: Obligation, Legitimacy, and Autonomy, at the University of Sheffield. I have an MA in Philosophy from Sheffield, an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. Before moving to England to return to philosophy, I worked as a sub-editor on a range of Irish newspapers, including the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, and Evening Herald.
My doctoral research was rooted in the social contract tradition and aimed to build an account of the binding force of obligation that vindicates the significance of hypothetical consent and explains how political obligation, even when morally required, can still be voluntary. I also work on paternalism, authority, autonomy, and voluntariness.
I have a longstanding interest in the contribution that journalism, and the media more generally, can make to the health of a flourishing democracy. This collaboration with Joe Saunders has been a really fun way to explore some of those ideas, and it’s been fantastic to work with our wonderful contributors too.
I am currently a co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project examining media regulation and the role of codes of ethics for the press in ten European countries, and I’m very much looking forward to developing that line of research.
Please do feel encouraged to get in touch if this is an area you’re interested in as well!