I am willing to teach philosophy or run philosophy discussion groups to those of all ages and experience. I take a dialogical approach, focusing on asking students or participants questions to draw out their own thoughts and arguments. Typically I provide material to read, or an example case, check for comprehension through questions, and then move on to evaluating the content. When teaching philosophy, I am more interested in students or participants doing philosophy themselves than in absorbing content, although of course where relevant I also work hard to ensure that the ideas and arguments are thoroughly understood.
I have been nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award by a student at KCL. I have also undertaken training in Higher Education teaching at UCL.
I am close to completing my PhD in Gender Studies at UCL, which focuses on feminist philosophy and the history of philosophy. I have a first-class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. For three years in a row I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant for several philosophy modules at King's College London. I am also a registered, trained Philosophy Specialist with The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy sessions with children. In addition to this, I organise and facilitate philosophy discussion groups with vulnerable adults in Islington. Before starting my PhD, I privately tutored Philosophy and Ethics A-Level.
If lessons are cancelled within 48 hours of taking place, I will charge half the original price. Within 12 hours, I charge full price.
If teaching to children below sixteen, my fee will be reduced - contact me to discuss.
2016 – present: University College London
Gender Studies PhD (Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry)
Supervisors: Dr. Angus Gowland and Professor Helen Hackett
Dissertation: Mary Astell, feminism and the final Foucault
2014-2015: University of Oxford
Women’s Studies MSt, Distinction
Modules: Feminist theory (not assessed), Feminist research methods (not assessed), Women and film (68), Feminism in/and philosophy (74)
Dissertation: Anne Conway: mind, spirit, body and feminist responses (73)
Supervisor: Professor Pamela Sue Anderson
2011-2014: University of Oxford
Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA, First Class
Finals papers: Early Modern Philosophy (70), Ethics (70), Philosophy of Religion (75), Post-Kantian Philosophy (73), Aesthetics (69), Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau (75), International Relations (68), Theory of Politics (67)
2009-2011: Harlow College Sixth Form
A Levels: Mathematics (A*), History (A*), English Literature (A*), Government and Politics (A)
• May 2020: first marker for Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley exam scripts, KCL
• Term 2, 2019-20: GTA for Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and Hume, Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley, and Women Thinkers in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, KCL
• Term 1, 2019-20: GTA for Gender and Philosophy, KCL
• May 2019: first marker for Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley exam scripts, KCL
• Term 2, 2018-19: GTA for Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley, KCL
• 2018-present: Writing Lab PGTA, UCL
• June 2018: first marker for Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and Hume exam scripts, KCL
• May 2018: MA dissertation workshops PGTA, UCL
• Term 2, 2017-18: GTA for Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and Hume, KCL
• Term 2, 2017-18: GTA for Women Thinkers in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, KCL
• Terms 1 and 2, 2017-18: PGTA for Gender, Society and Representation MA core course, UCL
• Term 1, 2017-18: PGTA for “Reframing the Renaissance” MA course, UCL
• 2017-18: Personal Tutor for two Gender, Society and Representation MA students, UCL
• August 2017: Gender, Society and Representation MA dissertation workshop, UCL
• May 2017: Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry MA dissertation workshop, UCL
• 2015-2016: Private Tutor: Philosophy and Ethics A Level, Mathematics GCSE, English GCSE, Mathematics KS3, 11+, 7+
• 2019-present: Philosophy Specialist, The Philosophy Foundation (facilitating philosophical enquiries with school-aged children)
• July 2015: Counsellor, Oxford Royale Academy Summer School
• 2019: Philosophy Foundation Level 2 Accredited Philosophy Specialist
• Term 2, 2018: UCL Arena One Teaching Associate Programme
Other relevant experience
• 2019: organiser, Stuart Low Trust Philosophy Forum
• 2018: organiser, Philosophy in the Park public philosophy event
• 2018: facilitator and presenter, Shelter From The Storm Philosophy Forum
• 2017-present: volunteer facilitator and presenter, Stuart Low Trust Philosophy Forum
• 2017-18: Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry convenor, UCL
• 2017: organising committee for “Home”, interdisciplinary graduate conference at UCL
• 2016-2018: Department Student Representative, UCL, Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, Postgraduate Research
Conference papers and presentations
• June 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic): “‘A lazy bastard living in a suit’: Leonard Cohen’s Failure as a Moral Teacher”, conference paper, Leonard Cohen: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Maynooth University
• June 2019: invited speaker at Philosophy as a Way of Life in the History of Philosophy conference, KCL
• June 2018: “’employ your care about that which is really your self’: Mary Astell and the final Foucault”, conference paper, Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy annual conference, University of Essex
• February 2018: “Philosophy as a Way of Life: Damaris Masham, Mary Astell and the Art of Living for Women across Time”, conference paper, “Bridging the Gender Gap Through Time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought”, KCL
• October 2017: “Friendship as Philosophy, Philosophy for Friendship: Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s Epistolary Practices”, conference paper, “Women in Early Modern Philosophy”, Lehigh University Fifth Annual Philosophy conference
• June 2017: “Catharine Trotter Cockburn and ‘philosophy as a way of life’: epistolary exercises for living well”, conference paper, “Living Well and Dying Well in the Early Modern World”, University of Exeter Centre for Early Modern Studies postgraduate conference
• April 2017: “Self-revelation and sociability: reading Damaris Masham’s letters to John Locke as philosophical autobiography”, conference paper, Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VIII
• February 2017: “Reading Damaris Masham’s letters to John Locke as philosophical autobiography”, presentation, Life/Work(Shop), Octagon Friday Forum, UCL
• January 2017: “Self-revelation and sociability: reading Damaris Masham’s letters to John Locke as philosophical autobiography”, conference paper, UCLA Minorities and Philosophy Conference
• March 2015: “Feminist responses to Lady Anne Conway: a critique”, poster presentation, Teaching to Transgress: Twenty Years of Women’s Studies at Oxford, 2015
Other talks, presentations, or workshops
• January 2019: London Public Philosophy Club inaugural meeting, invited speaker
• June 2017: Creative Critical Writing Workshop, selected participant, UCL
• June 2017: “Philosophy as a way of life for British early modern women philosophers: Masham, Astell, Cockburn”, three-minute presentation, My Research: Bitesized, UCL Festival of Culture
• 2020. “Philosophy as a Feminist Spirituality and Critical Practice for Mary Astell.” Metaphilosophy 51 (2–3): 280–302. (concealed information)
• 2020. “Living Philosophy: Self-Revelation and Damaris Masham’s Philosophical Autobiography.” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 34 (1): 30–48. (concealed information)
• 2019. Active Intolerance, Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition. Foucault Studies, 0(26), 124-127. doi:(concealed information)
• 2019. Ironic Life. Foucault Studies, 0(26), 128-131. doi:(concealed information)
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