I am a Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). I spent 2021 to 2024 as a Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), and I completed a Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University (NYU) in July 2021.
I works on the ways in which real-world democracies fall short of democratic ideals. My forthcoming book, Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy, argues that these shortfalls transform the rights and duties of ordinary citizens. It'll be out in May 2024, but feel free to email me if you'd like to see a draft. And, in the meantime, you can see me give a précis of the book here.
My email is: email@example.com
Here is my CV.
My main project is in democratic theory. Over the last seven decades, an enormous amount of empirical evidence has accumulated about the failings of American democracy. My work in democratic theory explores the philosophical significance of these empirical results. This interdisciplinary project has led to two further foundational projects. The first of these concerns equality. I believe democracy is valuable, in part, because it helps preclude inegalitarian relationships. My project here lies in giving an account of such relationships. I think we can understand them wholly in terms of power asymmetries, and this explains many moral phenomena. The second of these more foundational projects concerns autonomy. I believe democracies is valuable, in part, because it helps citizens realize a distinctive kind of autonomy. My project here lies in understanding the normative import of autonomy. I believe we should adopt an institutional theory of autonomy rights, on which we have autonomy when good institutions grant us such rights. Besides these projects in political philosophy, I have joint work with Dr. Stefan Riedener on the fundamental basis of our normative reasons. We believe that a large swathe of ethical phenomena can be understood in terms of contact with value. Finally, in metaphysics, I have several papers developing coarse-grained conception of ground. You can find many of papers constituting these projects below.
Peer Reviewed Papers
Contact With Value
Institutions and Autonomy
Should the House of Lords be more democratic?. British Politics and Policy. 2023. Online here.