About Me

I am currently Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I previously held positions in Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and Animal Studies and Environmental Studies at New York University, where I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2011.

In summer 2017 I will return to New York University to start a new position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Animal Studies and Environmental Studies and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. program.

My current research focuses on moral, social, and political philosophy with an emphasis on ethical questions concerning food, animals, and the environment. I also write about related topics such as moral psychology, agency and sentience, moral and political status, the ethics of activism and advocacy, and the ethics of risk and uncertainty.

My current teaching focuses on topics in moral, social, and political philosophy. Recent and upcoming classes include Animal Minds; Bioethics; Population Ethics; Ethics and Activism; Ethics and Animals; Ethics and the Environment; Food, Animals, and the Environment; and Philosophy and Comedy (with Matthew Kotzen).

I also do a lot of public outreach. I currently serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors at Animal Charity Evaluators, Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Minding Animals International, and Executive Committee Member at the Animals & Society Institute. (FYI Minding Animals International Conference 4 will be held in Mexico in January 2018, and the call for abstracts is open until July 15 2017.)

I live in Carrboro, North Carolina with my partner Maryse and our dog Smoky. Outside of academia, my main interests include improv comedy and hip hop.