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About Me

I defended my Ph.D. in Philosophy in May 2018 at Columbia University, where I am currently a Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization. 

My dissertation project concerns the development of a non-ideal ethical theory, and its application to issues concerning partiality, punishment, and human enhancement. I also work on aesthetic normativity and philosophy in literature.


Grounding Aesthetic ObligationsBritish Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 58, Issue 3 (2018): 271-85

Valuing and Believing ValuableAnalysis, Vol. 77, Issue 1 (2017): 59-65

Love and Transience in ProustPhilosophy, Vol. 91, Issue 4 (2016): 541-57

Philosophy, Literature, and Emotional Engagement: A Response to NanayJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 73, Issue 2 (2015): 196-200

Dewey on Functional Beauty and the Realm of the Aesthetic, Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2011): 16-25

Book Reviews & Interviews

Review of Richard Moran, The Philosophical ImaginationEuropean Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 26, Issue 3 (2018): 1180-3

Review of Rafe McGregor, The Value of Literature, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 73, Issue 3 (2017): 311-4

Review of Alva NoĆ«, Strange ToolsArt Papers, January/February 2016: 64

Beauty, Interpretation, and the Everyday: An Interview with Alexander NehamasPostgraduate Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2012): 1-13

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Partiality as a Non-Ideal Practice (APA Central Division, February 2019 (symposium); NYU Center for Bioethics, March 2018)

Moral Theory and Moral Unfreedom (APA Eastern Division, January 2019 (poster); Felician Ethics, October 2017)

Fittingness and Value: A Two-Level Theory of (Some) Aesthetic Normativity (American Society for Aesthetics, October 2018; APA Central Division, February 2018; British Society of Aesthetics, September 2017)

Other Links

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