About Me

I am currently Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy, and Law, Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program, and Director of the Mind, Ethics, and Policy 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 the sentience and moral, legal, and political status of animals and AIs. Recent topics include the links between animals, pandemics, and climate change, and the ethics of advocacy, policy, and philanthropy. My book Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves is available now, and my co-authored books Chimpanzee Rights and Food, Animals, and the Environment are as well.

My current teaching focuses on bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. Recent 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; Bioethics; Population Ethics; and Philosophy of Law.

I also do a lot of work with related organizations. For example, I was previously a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators, which works to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals, and I am currently a board member at Minding Animals International, which works to further the development of animal studies and animal protection; a senior research affiliate at the Legal Priorities Project, which conducts legal research on the world’s most pressing problems; and a mentor at Sentient Media, which works to create transparency around the role of animals in our lives.