I joined the philosophy department at Princeton in 2014. In 2016 I went on leave and completed a JD at Yale Law School. My background is primarily in early modern philosophy, especially all things Spinoza. I work in early modern metaphysics, ethics, and politics, and my favorite philosophical subject is essence (and eternity) in the Ethics. I spend time reading, writing, and thinking about authority, existence, algorithms, and procedure. I also research how countries and communities can protect the rights and facilitate the well-being of children in various social, political, and legal environments.
I graduated from Haverford College in 2012 with high honors in philosophy. I am a Watson Fellow; my project involved the socio-political space of children who exist outside "traditional" family structures. I lived and worked in Kazakhstan, India, Uganda, Ecuador, Peru, Estonia, Austria, and Germany. I conducted similar research in Romania and Belgium as an undergraduate through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana as a law student. I received my MA magna cum laude in philosophy from KU Leuven in 2014.
I was the president of First Generation Professionals at Yale Law School for 2017-2018. I was also a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, where I worked on projects that sought justice for victims of war in Bosnia, advocated for the rights of migrants in the Mediterranean region, and pursued accountability and transparency from the U.S. government with respect to the imprisonment of children at the border. After law school, I clerked on the Second Circuit.
Aside from philosophy and law, I spend my time building useless things with Python, walking on mountains to make myself feel both small and powerful, learning from children who speak languages I do not, training my dog, trying to teach my cats the ABCs, growing my own food, running long distances very slowly, and working to be less insufferable as a person than this webpage might make me seem.