I am an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy and an ERC Research Fellow on the project Roots of Responsibility. I hold a BA in Philosophy from Yale University and an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at Harvard University in May 2021. During my doctoral studies, I was a Graduate Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and a Summer Research Fellow in the Centre for Moral and Political Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also spent a semester visiting the University of California, Berkeley.
My research is about emotions and the various types of reasons we have for them, with a particular focus on the affective responses involved in holding people responsible, such as anger, guilt, and blame. Currently, I’m working on projects about the value of guilt and suffering, about what’s wrong with blaming hypocritically, and on how best to conceive of the fittingness norms governing affective attitudes and practices.
“Blameworthiness and Constitutive Control,” Philosophical Studies 177, 3695–3715 (2020)
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