Beck Pitt successfully defended her PhD on "Jean-Paul Sartre and the Question of Emancipation" in April 2012. She studied at the University of Essex, UK and is a Committee member of the UK Sartre Society. Beck's research interests include feminism, Marxism, phenomenology, sexuality, Critical Theory, and contemporary French philosophy. To find out more about Beck's publications and research, visit

Beck currently works at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University as a Research Assistant on the Hewlett funded Open Educational Resources (OER) Research Hub project. She blogs about her work and the project's development on methylated-orange. Her previous role in IET included research and project support for a first wave Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) project: Open Learning: Bridge to Success. From October 2007 - August 2010 she worked for the UK Data Archive as Project Administrator and PA to the CESSDA President during the 2.5 year, European Commission funded FP7 preparatory phase project to upgrade the Council of European Social Science Data Archives Research Infrastructure.