I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly with the Department of Philosophy and at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University. I received my PhD in philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
My primary research projects are in philosophy of science (especially biology), philosophy of race, and political philosophy. In my projects, I often draw on the theoretical and experimental tools of biology to illuminate broader issues in philosophy of race, political philosophy, and public policy.
My main research interest is scientific explanation in the life sciences. In my dissertation project, On the Activities and Parts of the Mechanisms of Life, I develop the philosophical foundations of the new mechanist approach to explanation. My research draws on the life sciences, especially molecular biology, evolutionary theory, and neuroscience, to illustrate my philosophical theses.
In philosophy of race, I have research interests at the intersection of race and biomedicine. Specifically, I am interested in how we use race as an explanatory concept in medical research, and the ways the exposome racialized groups are subject to shape their biomedical outcomes.
In political philosophy, my main projects are in defending a novel electoral system, advancing an account of domination for theorizing about algorithmic governance, and intergenerational justice.
- "Lockdowns and the Ethics of Intergenerational Compensation"
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, 2023 ( Abstract) (Link)
Lockdowns were a morally and medically appropriate anti-contagion policy to stop the spead of Covid. However, lockdowns came with considerable costs. Specifically, lockdowns imposed harms and losses upon the young in order to benefit the elderly, who were at the highest risk of severe illness and death from Covid. This represened a shifting of the (epidimiological) burden of Covid for the elderly to a systemic burden of lockdowns upon the young. This paper argues that even if lockdowns were a morally permissible reponse to Covid, the harms and losses they imposed on the young ground a claim of compensation. I defend an Intergenerational Compensation Argument that defends a claim for an egalitarian intergenerational transfer to compensate the young for the harms of lockdown.
- "Race and Medicine in Light of the New Mechanistic Philosophy of Science"
Winner of the 2020 PSA Prize in Philosophy of Science & Race
Biology and Philosophy, 2020 ( Abstract) (Link)
Racial disparities in health outcomes have recently become a fashpoint in the debate about the value of race as a biological concept. What role, if any, race has in the etiology of disease is a philosophically and scientifcally contested topic. In this article, I expand on the insights of the new mechanistic philosophy of science to defend a mechanism discovery approach to investigating epidemiological racial disparities. The mechanism discovery approach has explanatory virtues lacking in the populational approach typically employed in the study of race and biomedicine. The explanatory constraints that form an integral part of the new mechanistic approach enable mechanism discovery to avoid the epistemic and normative shortcomings of the populational approach. The methodology of mechanism discovery can fruitfully be extended to the treatment and reversal of epidemiological racial disparities.
Works In Progress
- Metaphysics of Race. Under Contract with Cambridge University Press (Elements in Metaphysics)
- a paper about activities as a causal concept
- a paper about metaphysical explanation in the life sciences
- a paper about race and embodiment
- a paper about how to identify good parts in biology
- a paper defending a novel electoral system
- a paper about non-domination and AI decision-making
- (PHIL 277) On Domination (at Stanford) Spring 2022
- (PHIL 100) Introduction to Philosophy Winter 2020
- (PHIL 140) Contemporary Moral Issues Fall 2017, Winter 2019, Spring 2019
- (PHIL 458) Philosophy in the Age of Revolutions Spring 2018
- (PHIL 308) Philosohy of Race Fall 2018
- (PHPE 401) Capitalism and Socialism Summer 2020