I am an Associate Professor in the Monash Philosophy department.
My main area of specialisation is early modern philosophy (c. 1650-1750), with a particular focus on women philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
My latest research has focused on theories of virtue and the Cartesian passions in early modern women’s philosophy, as well as the concept of republican liberty and connections between political slavery and marriage in early modern feminist thought. I am also interested in the history of women’s rights in relation to freedom and virtue.
Together with Karen Detlefsen (Penn), I recently published Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays, an edited volume with Oxford University Press (2017).
My other books include The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue (Oxford University Press, 2015); Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2002); A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2009; with Karen Green); a co-edited volume Virtue, Liberty, and Toleration (Springer, 2007; with Karen Green); and a modern edition of Astell’s The Christian Religion (CRRS & Iter, 2013).
I am currently preparing a two-volume collection of the correspondence of women philosophers of early modern England, under contract with Oxford University Press’s New Histories of Philosophy series.