I joined the philosophy department at Princeton in 2014. My background is in early modern philosophy, especially all things Spinoza, and I continue to be interested in early modern metaphysics, ethics, and politics. I also work on contemporary moral and legal philosophy. I spend a lot of time thinking about agent-relative reasons, the metaphysics of laws, legitimacy, and authority. My favorite philosophical subject is essence (and eternity) in the Ethics. I am also interested in how to protect the rights of children in various political and cultural environments.
I graduated from Haverford College in 2012 with a BA in philosophy, high honors. I am a Watson Fellow from the class year 2012-2013. My project involved the socio-political space of orphans and children that exist outside culturally "typical" family structures in several countries, and I spent time living in Kazakhstan, India, Uganda, Ecuador, Peru, Estonia, and Germany. I did similar research in Romania and Belgium as an undergraduate through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. I received my MA magna cum laude in philosophy from KU Leuven in 2014. After deferring for two years, I am concurrently pursuing a JD at Yale Law as of 2016.
Things I do that are not explicitly related to my work in philosophy and law include blowing air through an oboe, trying not to burn (vegan) things I put on stoves or in ovens, hiking, vagabonding, working with children who speak languages I do not, training my dog, and running half, full, and ultra marathons.
I am the president of First Generation Professionals at Yale Law School.
I also serve as the Graduate Student Government Representative for the Philosophy Department at Princeton.