Born in the UK, Tom completed his BA (hons) in philosophy at University College London, followed by a MA in music composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, and then a PhD in philosophy at the University of Nottingham. His PhD supervisor was Gregory Currie.
Following his PhD, Tom was a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva (2007-2010). He was then an international visiting fellow at the Sonic Arts Research Center, Queen's University Belfast (2010-2012), before moving to the University of Sheffield as a lecturer (2012-2017). After a brief stint at the University of York in 2017, he joined Flinders in February 2018.
Tom's main areas of expertise are the philosophy of emotions and related issues in psychology, extended and collective cognition, and aesthetics (particularly music). He also has interests in metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy.
He is the editor of The Emotional Power of Music (Oxford University Press, 2013) and the author of The Emotional Mind: A control theory of affective states (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
BA (hons) Philosophy, University College London, 1999
MA Music Composition, Birmingham Conservatoire, 2001
PhD Philosophy, University of Nottingham, 2007
Jacobsen Fellowship, 2004-2005
Swiss National Science Foundation grant, ‘The Mood Organ: Putting theories of Musical Expression into Practice', 2010-2012.
EU FP7 Emerging Technologies grant, ‘Social Interaction and Entrainment using Music Performance Experimentation', 2010-2013
Teaching and research, College of Humanties, Arts and Social Science