I was born and grew up in Mussoorie, India. I went to Woodstock School, before moving to Kent College, Canterbury to complete my A levels. I studied philosophy at the University of Manchester (BA 1993), then Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BPhil 1995), and then the University of Reading (PhD 2000).
I joined Heythrop College, University of London, in 2001, where I eventually became Director of Research and then Vice Principal Academic. I continued part time as Reader in Philosophy until August 2018. I am also Honorary Reader in the Psychoanalysis Unit of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College, London, which I first joined in 2012. My interests in philosophy lie primarily in the overlap between ethics and mind, in particular, psychoanalysis.
In 2003, I founded the company A Level Philosophy, providing support and training for students and teachers in schools. I joined Christ’s Hospital School in 2017 as a part time teacher of Philosophy and Theology and became Head of Department in 2019. I am also trained in Philosophy for Children. In teaching I am most interested in how young people learn and think through philosophical dialogue and enquiry.
I am a member of the British Philosophical Association’s Executive Committee and an associate member of the Philosophy in Education Project.