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I am happy to supervise students working on topics including free speech/hate speech, republican political theory, feminist philosophy, and social justice.


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Research Interests

I joined Queen's as a Lecturer in Political Theory and Philosophy in June 2020, prior to which I worked at the University of Limerick. My research interests include freedom of speech, academic freedom, feminist philosophy, recognition theory, critical republicanism, and media ethics. My work has been published in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, Politeia, and the Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy. My monograph, A Republican Theory of Free Speech: Critical Civility, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2021. My podcast series, 'Fire in a Crowded Theatre: Philosophers on Free Speech', was released in March 2023. 

From 2018-2020 I was a member of the Core Expert Group on the Hate crime legisilation independent review (NI), led by Judge Desmond Marrinan. 

Since November 2022, I have been a board member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Advisory Council. 


In the 22/23 academic year, I will be teaching on the following:

PHL3064 Applied Ethics (Level 3 module)

PHL1004 Philosophy and the Good Life (Level 1 module)

PHL2028 Philosophy of Race (Level 2 module)

PHL7057 Social Injustice (MA module)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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