I am an assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College. This site contains information about my writing and teaching, including some of my published essays, works-in-progress, and syllabi from courses that I’ve taught.
I teach a year-long course in ethics and social philosophy for the PULSE program at BC. In 2013-14, I am also teaching a course on consequentialism, and a course on the the relevance of psychology and neuroscience for ethics. Last year I taught an upper-level course on contemporary Aristotelian naturalism, and a seminar called Kant and Kantians on the Moral Law. (See the syllabi page for more info. on these and other courses I’ve taught).
Before coming to Boston College, I worked for a year at the Asian University for Women, in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Before that, I was a graduate student in the department of philosophy at the University of Chicago, where I completed my PhD in June 2011. My dissertation defends an Aristotelian “natural goodness” view in moral philosophy. Such a view holds that moral goodness is the goodness proper to our human nature, analogous to species-specific forms of goodness in plants and non-human animals. Much of my academic writing aims to develop this Aristotelian approach – to defend it against critics, and to extend it into new areas.
Along with ethics, I am also very interested in political philosophy. As a graduate student, I taught two courses on human rights. At AUW, I taught both intro-level and upper-level undergraduate courses in political philosophy. One of those courses – The State of Nature and the Nature of the State – explored the various ways that conceptions of nature have figured into philosophical accounts of the political community and political authority. I look forward to teaching a version of that course at BC in the future.
My writing mostly focuses on contemporary debates that have deep historical roots. But I also enjoy working directly on historical texts, especially in ancient Greek philosophy. I have published a paper on Plato’s Sophist, and another paper on the Crito is in progress. I also taught three courses on Plato at the Newberry Library in Chicago, most recently on the Republic.
You can see some photos of mine here.
The turtle was photographed by a friend. You can see more of her photos here.