Bio & C.V.
I'm currently a Research Associate at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University. In August 2019, I will start as an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Affairs at the George Washington University.
I received my Ph.D. in Politics (with a specialization in Political Theory) from Princeton University in 2018. My primary research interests include contemporary political theory, theories of human rights, and global justice. I also have philosophical interests in collective agency and collective personhood, philosophy of law, and the ethics of artificial intelligence, and I am an affiliate of the Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics program.
My dissertation, Promoting Justice Across Borders (which I am currently revising into a book manuscript), seeks to destabilize conventional ideas about the ethics of foreign political influence. In an increasingly interconnected world, myriad political actors—including individuals, NGOs, activist networks, corporations, and states—have the opportunity to exert influence in societies beyond their own. They can do so using a variety of different means—ranging from persuasion and advocacy, to boycotts and divestment campaigns, to coercive sanctions and military force. Moreover, such attempts are often publicly justified in the name of justice promotion. This raises the question: when, if ever, are attempts to promote justice in other societies justified? This may be an old question, but my dissertation seeks to give it a new valence by recognizing the full range of ways in which different kinds of political actors can influence foreign societies, expanding beyond the existing literature’s typical focus on states employing coercive force (e.g., in “humanitarian intervention”).
My other work includes an article on group agency and corporate rights, published in The Journal of Political Philosophy (2017).
I’ve also enjoyed actively seeking opportunities for professional service. For example, at Princeton, I co-organized the annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory two years in a row and co-founded and co-organized the Social Criticism & Political Thought speaker series.
In 2016, I received the Princeton University Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship, providing a full year of support for dissertation writing. Before arriving at Princeton, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, with distinction in all subjects, from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, where I earned a B.A. in Government and Philosophy.
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