I'm a Research Fellow in ACU's Dianoia Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Previously I've held posts at Northwestern University and Coastal Carolina University. I did my PhD at the University of Wisconsin with Russ Shafer-Landau as my advisor. My work covers a lot of different topics in moral philosophy: animal ethics, relationships, non-naturalist moral realism, the nature of morality, political ethics, and other topics. I've published papers in Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, among other good journals. I've also published a co-edited volume with Routledge on political ethics. And I'm currently in the midst of co-editing a special issue of Philosophical Studies on hybrid views in animal ethics. 


Richard Rowland and I recently won the 2020 AAP Media Prize for our co-produced Hi-Phi Nation episode on confrontational activism. A few months ago, I wrote some things about the pandemic for ABC Religion & Ethics and the Oxford Practical Ethics blog. (I'll let you be the judge of whether those pieces are aging well.) Rob Streiffer and I just recently published a short article about animal cruelty and the future of animal ethics for The Conversation (>24k pageviews). I think that my most widely read piece of public writing to date is a brief defense of confrontational animal activism that I wrote for Sydney Morning Herald. I discuss some of my current research projects on ACU's philosophy podcast here.


I recently organized a 2-day online workshop on Philosophy of Activism and I'm now following this up with a recurring seminar series: sign up here. I'm also organizing an AFB roundtable discussion on Hagia Sophia; if you are interested in this topic, feel free to contact me.


I'm an American citizen originally from St. Louis, MO, but I've lived in Australia for four years. Here's my CV.

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