My current work focuses on developing a nonideal theory of justice: an account of what we ought to do in conditions that fail to realize ideal justice. In contrast to many philosophers, I argue that a conception of ideal justice is crucial for developing such an account. I explain how ideal justice applies to our nonideal world using “nonideal principles of justice.” These principles – forged using a contractualist framework – specify the transitional path for the realization of ideal justice. I show how the principles can be used to address difficult topics in nonideal theory, such as specifying the conditions under which non-meritocratic affirmative action is just.
I also explore the intersection of theorizing about justice with issues in environmental and biomedical ethics. For instance, I am co-authoring a paper entitled “Material Scarcity & Scalar Justice,” which explicates the relationship between material scarcity and justice by drawing on principles of medical triage.
My interests in philosophy have always been broad; indeed I am interested in and curious about every area of philosophy. I have secondary areas of interest in philosophy of law, Kant, ancient philosophy (particularly Plato’s late political philosophy), and aesthetics (especially food aesthetics). I have discovered some unexpected interconnections between Plato’s Laws and my primary research focus.
Below are links to the papers that I have published. (Please email me for drafts of work in progress/papers under review that I mention in my CV.)