I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. Prior to coming to York, I received my PhD from Princeton University, where I wrote a dissertation on Phenomenal Concepts and the Mind-Body Problem. I was a Bersoff Fellow at NYU from 2012-2013, and an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green from 2013-2014.

I work on topics at the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. I’m currently developing a novel quasi-Berkeleyan idealism. I aim to secure commonsense verdicts about objectivity and persistence in a world where objects are fundamentally phenomenal, without relying on the controversial resources of theism. I’m particularly interested in the place of ordinary conscious agents (like us) in reality — exploring the implications of idealism for both the mind-body problem and perception.

My other research focuses on consciousness (its nature, contents, and how limited agents like us conceptualize it). I have additional interests in metaethical naturalism/nonnaturalism (and its relation to physicalism/dualism in the philosophy of mind), metaphysical indeterminacy and ontic vagueness, mental imagery, introspection, and character/virtue.

My husband, Richard Yetter Chappell, works in ethics and is also a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York.