I am currently working on animal ethics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as part of this project, a European Research Council grant led by Peter Adamson on the philosophy of animals in the Islamic world. I received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2018, and I specialize in social and political philosophy, ethics, and the intersection of these two fields and philosophy of religion. My dissertation, co-advised by Robert Audi and Paul Weithman, was on distributive justice. My subsequent social and political research has focused on developing a version of “social egalitarianism” (i.e., the view that what egalitarians should fundamentally care about is that people stand in equal social relations to one another) and exploring its implications for various contentious political issues. My work in ethics has covered a number of applied topics, including animal ethics, gun control, abortion, sexual objectification, career choice, and moral offsetting. Finally, my main research project in philosophy of religion mostly involves trying to figure out (1) what obligations God would have towards creatures and why, and (2) how, and whether, a theistic picture of the world can be understood in a way that doesn’t have unacceptable implications for ordinary human ethics.
I have fifteen papers or book chapters published or forthcoming, and several more in progress or under review. I am also a co-author of two books. One is Applied Ethics: An Impartial Introduction, co-authored with Rebecca Chan, Tyron Goldschmidt, and Liz Jackson, and under contract with Hackett. The other is Fifty Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Thought Experiments in Political Philosophy, co-authored with Kevin Vallier and Brandon Warmke, and currently in preparation. More information is available on the “Research” and “CV” pages.
I have taught classes at both Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College. A list of courses is available on the “Teaching” page.
Before coming to Notre Dame, I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the College of William & Mary in 2012.