About Me

I am currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. 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 positions 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 and climate change; food, animals, and the environment; agency, sentience, and moral status; the ethics of activism, advocacy, and philanthropy; and the moral, social, and political value of humor.

My current teaching focuses on bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics as well. Recent and upcoming classes include Animal Minds; Bioethics; Population Ethics; Ethics and Animals; Ethics and the Environment; Ethics in the Anthropocene; Ethics and Activism; Ethics and Food; and Philosophy of Comedy.

I also do a lot of public outreach. I currently sit on the Board of Directors at Animal Charity Evaluators, the Board of Directors at Minding Animals International, and the Executive Committee at the Animals & Society Institute. (FYI Minding Animals Conference 4 will be held in Mexico in January 2018, and the call for abstracts is open until August 18 2017.)

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