My background:

I received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, completing my dissertation Oppression and Victim Agency in 2012.  While a graduate student, I received the UA philosophy department’s Julia Annas Graduate Teaching Award in 2011 and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences’ Meritorious Performance as a Graduate Teacher Award in 2012.  From 2012-2013, I was a GRIPP/RGCS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University.  I joined the University of Connecticut in 2013 as an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in Philosophy & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

My work:

My research focus is victim action-guidance, and more generally objective well-being and self-regarding obligations in oppressive circumstances.  I am currently working on Looking Out for Yourself; for more information about this monograph as well as my other works in progress, please see my research page.   In addition to thinking about resistance and complicity, I’m also interested in passing, oppressive body image norms, invisible disabilities, understanding oppressive burdens in light of intersectionality, and the moral emotions of anger and shame.  And when I’m not focusing on my own work, I take pride in cultivating the research of UConn’s many wonderful graduate students.

My life outside work:

If you’re an ‘objective list’ theorist, you’re obligated to have a section like this.  So I’ll mention that I recently started learning trumpet, inspired by my dual loves of hard bop jazz and apologizing to those around me.  I also have a neurotically joyful cockapoo named Howie, who I’ll show pictures of with the slightest provocation.