Curriculum Vitae

Last updated August 2019

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Areas of Specialization

Ethics, Moral Psychology

Areas of Competence

Meta-Ethics, Political Philosophy, Cognitive Science


Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy, 2018 - present

Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, 2017-2018


Ph.D in Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-2017

Dissertation: Joint Practical Deliberation

Committee: Kieran Setiya (chair), Stephen Darwall, Sally Haslanger, Julia Markovits, Bradford Skow

B.A. in Cognitive Science, summa cum laude, Yale University, 2006-2011

Published Articles

“Promises as Proposals in Joint Practical Deliberation”

Noûs, forthcoming. Published in Early View on Sep 12 2018.

“Moral Psychology as Accountability” (with Stephen Darwall)

In Moral Psychology and Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics, edited by Justin D’Arms and Daniel Jacobson, pp. 40-83. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014.

“The Addict in Us All” (with Richard Holton)

Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5(139): pp. 1-20. 2014.

“No Sign of Quitting: Incidental Exposure to ‘No Smoking’ Signs Ironically Boosts Cigarette-Approach Tendencies in Smokers” (with Brian Earp, Jennifer Harris, Joshua Ackerman, & John Bargh)

Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(10): pp. 2158-2162. 2013.

Book Reviews

Review of Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Hanno Sauer

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 2019.

Review of Reasoning: A Social Picture, by Anthony Simon Laden

Philosophical Review, 125(3): pp. 435-439. 2016.

Writing for a Public Audience

“People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think”, 2018

One of 5 winners of the 2019 APA Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest

“Can I make the world a better place?”

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Blog, ‘For the Record,’ 2017

Awards and Grants

APA Public Philosophy Op-Ed Prize (for “People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think”), 2019

Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto, 2018-2019

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016-2017

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017 (declined)

Arthur Twining Hadley Prize, Yale University, 2011

Yale Philosophy Review Essay Prize, 1st Place, 2010

Hart Lyman Prize, Yale University, 2009

Psi Chi (International Honor Society of Psychology), Yale University Chapter, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University Chapter, 2008


“Distinguishing Directed Obligation” (June 2019)

Toronto-Oxford-UCLA Colloquium on Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy

Comments on Pamela Hieronymi, “Fairness, Sanctions, and Condemnation” (June 2019)

Toronto-Oxford-UCLA Colloquium on Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy

Comments on Michael Bukoski, “Two Arguments from Akrasia to Internalism about Practical Deliberation” (January 2017)

American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland

“Assertion as a Proposal in Joint Doxastic Deliberation” (March 2016)

Penn-Rutgers-Princeton Social Epistemology Workshop, Rutgers University

“Homunculi Without the Fallacy” (January 2016)

Me, the Self, and I Graduate Conference, University of Milan, Italy

“Demystifying Uncaused Causes” (January 2016)

Agency, Causality, and Free Will Conference, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia

“Standing to Demand” (November 2015)

Northern Graduate Philosophy Conference, Northern Illinois University

“Self-Regulation: A Recipe Book” (June 2015, with and presented by Tamar Szabó Gendler)

Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference, Duke University

“Inquiring Together” (June 2013)

Bled Social Epistemology Conference, Bled, Slovenia

Comments on Rae Langton, “Moral Realism and the Plasticity of Mind” (January 2013)

MITing of the Minds Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


University of Toronto

PHL 407, Seminar: Ethics in Personal Relationships (Spring 2020)

PHL 375, Doing Good: Consequentialism in Ethics (Spring 2020)

PHL 244, Human Nature (Fall 2019)

PHL 2132, Graduate Seminar: Morality and Accountability (Fall 2019)

PHL 407, Seminar: Lying (Spring 2019)

PHL 376, Doing Good: Consequentialism in Ethics (Spring 2019)

PHL 244, Human Nature (Fall 2018)

PHL 1111, PhD Proseminar (Fall 2018, with Thomas Hurka)


Ethics in Your Life (Spring 2015, co-instructor with Sally Haslanger and Patricia Weinmann)

Problems in Philosophy (Fall 2014, TA)

Moral Psychology (Spring 2014, TA)

Justice (Spring 2013, TA)

Logic I (Fall 2012, TA)


Referee for Erkenntnis, Ergo, European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the APA, and Philosophical Studies

New England Public Philosophers Workshop on Writing Public Philosophy, Co-organizer (with Lawrence Blum), 2017

MIT Ethics Reading Group, Co-organizer, 2013-2015

MATTI Graduate Student Workshop, Organizer, 2013-2014

MIT Philosophy Colloquia, Co-organizer, 2012-2013

Harvard-MIT Graduate Philosophy Conference, Co-organizer, 2012

Public Outreach

“Addiction and Philosophy” (June 2019)

      Café Bioethics, University of Toronto

“Addiction and Philosophy” (May 2018)

      SMART Recovery Facilitator Forum, Boston, MA