I came to the University of Arizona in the Fall of 2009. I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I wrote my senior honors thesis under Harry Brighouse on the implications of global climate change for individual rights. I have also worked as a researcher for Iridian Asset Management, LLC., focusing in part on emerging technologies in the energy industry.
I currently work in environmental philosophy, with a strong inclination towards interdisciplinary research. My research interests involve on a number of different subjects:
The psychological mechanisms underlying environmental concern, the evolutionary functions of those mechanisms, and the potential challenges for environmental ethics in the exaptation of these mechanisms for their new roles in our moral psychology.
The roles of romantic, not-all-things-considered viewpoints in our moral psychology and in our all-things-considered ethical positions.
The relationship between Hayekian market liberalism and environmentalist arguments for protecting or preserving natural systems due to their instrumental importance and complexity.
The history of thought regarding natural resource scarcity, fragility, and complexity.
Virtue-ethical approaches to thinking about collective responsibility
As one might expect, I am not nearly an expert on all of these areas. But if you are interested in thinking about some of these issues (or don't know what they mean), I would love to hear from you!