Here are a few of my current research projects.
Inclusive fitness is an influential framework in biology which is used to study the evolution of social behaviors, such as cooperative or altruistic behavior. There has recently been an intense debate over the status of the inclusive fitness framework. My work attempts to understand the explanatory value of inclusive fitness for evolutionary theory and where the disagreement in this debate lies.
The Debate over Inclusive Fitness as a Debate over Methodologies, forthcoming in Philosophy of Science
Inclusive Fitness and the Problem of Honest Communication, working paper. (with co-author Justin Bruner)
Genetics in Evolutionary Game Theory:
Evolutionary game theory is often viewed as a 'phenotypic' approach to studying evolution, meaning that models generally only take into account the observable traits of organisms (their phenotypes) and ignore possible effects of genetics. My research challenges the common, and often implicit, assumption that this ‘phenotypic gambit’ will be a safe bet in evolutionary game theoretic models.
Formal Social Epistemology:
Using evolutionary game theory, my colleagues and I investigate issues related to diversity in academia.
Experimental Economics in Philosophy:
My colleagues and I have been using experimental methods from experimental economics to investigate philosophical questions. Currently, our research centers around the evolution of language.
Communication without the Cooperative Principle: A Signaling Experiment, working paper. (with co-authors Justin Bruner, Cailin O’Connor, and Simon Huttegger)