About Me

I am currently Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. I am also on the executive committee at the NYU Center for Environmental and Animal Protection and the advisory board for the Animals in Context series at NYU Press.

I was previously Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and before that I held postdoctoral fellowships in Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and Animal Studies and Environmental Studies at New York University. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy at New York University in 2011.

My current research focuses on bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. Recent and upcoming topics include animals, pandemics, and climate change; food, animals, and the environment; agency, well-being, and moral status; and the ethics of activism, advocacy, and philanthropy. My co-authored books Chimpanzee Rights and Food, Animals, and the Environment are available now.

My current teaching focuses on bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics as well. Recent and upcoming classes include Animal Minds; Animals and Climate Change; Animals and Public Health; Ethics and the Anthropocene; Effective Animal Advocacy; Ethics and Animals; Ethics and the Environment; Food, Animals, and the Environment; Moral Status; Philosophy of Law; and Population Ethics.

I also do a lot of work with animal protection and animal studies organizations. For example, I am currently a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators, which works to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals, as well as at Minding Animals International, which works to further the development of animal studies and legal and moral protections for nonhuman animals internationally.