I am an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno. From Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, I held a postdoctoral position in the joint UNC/Duke PPE program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
In August 2019, I was awarded a PhD in philosophy by the University of Texas at Austin. I spent the 2018-2019 academic year at Princeton as a Visiting Student Research Collaborator. Before my doctoral studies, I studied for a Masters in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, and for Bachelors of Arts and of Laws at the Australian National University. I am admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory.
My work addresses questions at the intersection of moral psychology, normative ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. I have a particular interest in the relationship between morality and institutions and the ways in which moral and economic thought intersect. I am currently working on a book project that offers novel philosophical justifications for New Deal policies like the minimum wage and limited working week. Another strand of my research deals with the concept of forgiveness. Against the prevailing view that forgiveness is a positive value, I urge a skeptical attitude.
I enjoy producing public-facing philosophical work, and have written for venues including the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times. Also check out PPE in a Time of Pandemic, a web-series that I help to organize and co-host.
When I’m not engaged in research, I like to hike, read novels, and work with clay.
I have a dog, Geist. She is an excellent friend.