Director of Graduate Studies
806B McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480
My Ph.D. is from UCLA, and I did my undergraduate work at Princeton. Before joining the Department here at Tennessee in 2011. I was an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago.
I work primarily in ethical theory and political philosophy. I am especially interested in how psychological capacities – including capacities possessed by many nonhuman animals, notably including consciousness and thought – figure in our best understandings of ethics, politics, and law.
Recent, representative publications
- ‘Rawlsian Anti-Capitalism and Left Solidarity’. Philosophy and Public Issues 10:1, 2020.
- ‘Animal Punishment and the Conditions of Responsibility’. Philosophical Papers 49:1, 2020.
- ‘Against the Construction of Animal Ethical Standing’. In Kant and Animals, Eds. John Callanan and Lucy Allais (Oxford University Press, 2020).
- ‘Shared Worlds and Shared Minds’. With Garriy Shteynberg (lead), Jacob Hirsh, and Alex Bentley. Psychological Review 127:5, 2020.
- ‘Decomposing Legal Personhood’. Journal of Business Ethics 154:4, 2019.
- ‘Playability as Realism’. Journal of the Philosophy of Games 1:1, 2018.
- ‘The Dialectical Activity of Becoming Just’. In Justice , Eds. Mark LeBar (Ocford University Press, 2018).
- 'Rawlsian Stability', Res Publica 22:3, 2016
- 'The Priority and Posteriority of Right', Theoria 81:3, 2015.
- 'The Salience of Moral Character', The Southern Journal of Philosophy 53:2, 2015.
Recent Representative Courses
- Phil 540 Animal Psychology and Moral Status
- PHIL 375 Philosophy of Action
- Phil 340 Ethical Theory
- Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy