Originally from the industrial city of Wolverhampton, in the English Midlands, I'm a first-generation philosopher at the University of California, Irvine. I mostly work in epistemology, and have written on most of the topics in this field, including radical skepticism, theory of knowledge, virtue epistemology, modal epistemology, epistemic luck/risk, social epistemology, understanding, inquiry, know-how, and so on. I'm also interested in various topics that explore epistemological ideas in particular domains, such as law, education, religion, and cognitive science. Relatedly, I've been involved with a number of projects in applied philosophy, such as bringing the teaching of philosophy into Scottish prisons, exploring the role of extended cognition in special needs education, and incorporating the intellectual virtues into the heart of the UCI curriculum. I've also done a lot of MOOCs, most recently this one.
Some career highlights: I've won the Philip Leverhulme Prize for my research in philosophy, I've been elected to a fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and I've delivered the annual Soochow Lectures in Philosophy (which were subsequently published as the book Epistemic Angst by Princeton University Press, the cover of which is on the right).