Recent publications

“Gentrification as Injustice: An Egalitarian Approach to Urban Housing Markets,” Public Affairs Quarterly (January 2017)

About my research

My core research interests are in ethics and political philosophy, broadly construed to include feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, democratic theory and political economy. 

At the moment, I am working on several article-length projects. In two such projects, I expand on some of the themes taken up in my paper “Gentrification as Injustice” and reply to a number of objections. In another paper I’m co-authoring with a colleague, we take on the topic of cultural appropriation and try to clarify what is at stake politically and philosophically. In another work in progress, I try to show that the reasons we have to respect others as political equals does not having anything per se to do with the reasons we have promote their well-being. In another paper in the works I argue that relational egalitarianism gives us a source of reasons—distinct from “backward looking” reasons for corrective or retributive justice—to support reparations for historical injustices such as chattel slavery in the United States. In another work in progress, I ask whether it makes sense to view contemporary “masculinity” (viewed as a set of enforced social rules about behaviors and dispositions deemed appropriate for men) as a vice in the classic Aristotelian sense.

In the (hopefully not too distant) future, I’d like to return to an earlier, unfinished project that attempts to draw on insights from recent deliberative democratic theory to make a case for democratic economic planning as an alternative to the market as a mechanism for making decisions about large-scale economic investment. My view is that democratic control of investment is a necessary condition for political democracy, on the one hand, but also a superior means—when compared to capitalism—of promoting human flourishing, on the other.