I’m currently a third-year philosophy PhD candidate at University of Pennsylvania. Before this, I graduated in May 2014 with an MA in philosophy from New York University, and worked from 2014-2015 as a Research Associate with the Philosophy Group at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
My time at UPenn is being supported by NTU’s Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences International PhD Scholarship. Upon completion of my PhD, I’ll return to NTU as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Philosophy.
My current philosophical interests are moral philosophy, epistemology in general, social epistemology, moral epistemology, and the intersection between all of these. I’m currently thinking about how individuals develop moral expertise based on their experiences, how an individual’s social location can help or harm their development of moral expertise in moral sub-domains, when and why deferring to the moral testimony of others is permissible or required, and under what circumstances members of non-marginalised groups are required to defer to the moral testimony of marginalised groups about oppression. As part of this project, I’m also thinking hard about the advantages and limitations of using our imagination to gain moral knowledge.
I’ve also worked on rationality, moral decision-making procedures, moral psychology, food ethics, philosophical issues of mental illness, and the ethics of (non-)monogamy. I’m intrigued by issues in philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception, aesthetics, and the intersection of these fields.
I am passionate about diversity and the representation of minority groups in academic philosophy. One reason is that I believe diversity can speed up philosophical progress, and benefit the overall quality of the field. This belief is grounded in conclusions drawn from moral philosophy, social and moral epistemology, empirical studies, and the history of philosophy.
In my non-philosophy time, I enjoy performing and creating music, and creating visual art. I’m married to a wonderful experimental electronic and jazz musician, who teaches me more about ethics and social epistemology than I could ever learn on my own. I spend lots of time enjoying the incredible music and art scene in Philadelphia, which is home to a great beats, punk, and noise community.
- (2016) Eating Animals and Personal Guilt, Food Ethics, Oxford UP
(edited by Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett)
- (2015) Mental Illness, the Identity Thief, The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, edited by Kate Vrijmoet.
This book was published in conjunction with a Seattle City Hall Art & Social Change Exhibit (of the same name) that explored the stigma and silence surrounding mental illness. The book contained a range of essays, accompanied by select visual art, on the topic. The exhibition itself was held at Seattle City Hall from Jan 7 – Feb 18 2015. For more information, visit www.theincredibleintensity.com.
- Blogging: I blog for 3quarksdaily.com (see below)
FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
- (2015-20) Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences International PhD Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (2012-14) Graduate Fellowship, New York University (USA)
- (2014) Winner of the 3QD Philosophy Prize 2014, judged by Cambridge Philosophy Professor Huw Price.
TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS:
- (October 2017) “Moral Expertise & Hermeneutical Justice” Penn Philosophy Graduate Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (April 2017) “Expertise on Identifying Oppression” Penn-Rutgers-Princeton Social Epistemology Workshop 2017, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (October 2015) “The Question of Mary Astell’s Feminism” Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Education, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (March 2015) “Can we love animals and still eat them?” Philosophy Club Speaker Series, Philosophy Group, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (November 2017) “Using Race & Ethnicity in Humour: Ali Wong vs. Amy Schumer” Philosophy and Film Series, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (October 2016) “Violence and Sexual Violence in Westworld: Glorification or Commentary?” Philosophy and Film Series, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (February 2016) “Eyes Wide Shut and the Ethics of Monogamy” Philosophy and Film Series, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (March 2017) Commentator for “Glued to the Image: A phenomenology of racialization through works of art” by Professor Alia Al-Saji (McGill University, Montreal), Minorities and Philosophy Conference: Global Feminisms, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (Spring 2018) Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Philosophy, Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (Fall 2017) Teaching Assistant, Ethics of Eating, Andrew Chignell, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (Spring 2017) Teaching Assistant, History of Early Modern Philosophy, Andrew Chignell, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (Fall 2016) Teaching Assistant, Ethics, Errol Lord, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- (Spring 2015) Guest lecturer (Philosophy of Religion), Introduction to Philosophy, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (Spring 2015) Teaching Assistant, Philosophy for Everyone, Li Chenyang, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (Fall 2014) Guest lecturer (Animal Ethics), Moral Philosophy, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (Fall 2014) Guest lecturer (Philosophy of Mind), Introduction to Philosophy, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- (2018) Referee, Journal of Moral Philosophy
- (2017) Referee, Journal of Moral Philosophy
Conferences and Events
- (November 2015) Assistant Organiser, Penn Reasons and Foundations in Epistemology Conference (PeRFECt) 2015, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
I am a columnist for the website 3 Quarks Daily, where I write mostly on topics of applied ethics (but sometimes other things). Here are some of my articles:
- (May 2017) Should we outsource our moral beliefs to others?
- (April 2017) Given who we are, how should we listen to others?
- (January 2016) Mary Astell: The Conservative Feminist
- (November 2015) Straddling the Two Sides of Racial Privilege
- (August 2015) Effective Altruism and its Blind Spots
- (July 2015) Ethics and the Stanford Prison Experiment
- (June 2014) Philosophy is a Bunch of Empty Ideas: Interview with Peter Unger
- (February 2014) Eating animals and personal guilt: the individualization of responsibility for factory farming
- (December 2013) Is applied ethics applicable enough? Acting and hedging under moral uncertainty
This page was last updated on March 19, 2018.