Overview: My main areas of research interest are in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in matters of international concern and issues relating to race or gender. Much of my work has aimed to address topics of contemporary moral and political importance, such as undocumented immigration, campaign finance, sex-discrimination, and racial profiling. At the same time, there are two main theoretical themes in my work: trying to reconcile freedom and equality, and attempting to defend and extend deontological ethics. Want to hear more? This is an overview (that I initially wrote for my tenure file).
Publications: Here some un-corrected pre-publication versions of my articles for personal use. For any other use (especially citation), please see the final published versions. (Links coming soon: in the meantime you can find some papers at my Academia.edu profile.)
• “Responsibility and Self-Defense: Can We Have It All?” Forthcoming in Res Publica [10,536 words]. • ‘“Where Are You Really From?” Ethnic and Linguistic Immigrant Selection Policies in Liberal States’ in Add Cudd and Win-Chiat Lee eds. Citizenship and Immigration - Borders, Migration and Political Membership in a Global Age (New York: Springer, 2016), pp. 191-202. • “Freedom, Sex-Roles, and Anti-Discrimination Law,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 34, No. 5 (2015), pp. 485-517. Awarded honorable mention for the American Philosophical Association’s 2017 Gregory Kavka/University of California, Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy. • “Is Anything Just Plain Good?” Philosophical Studies Vol. 172, No. 6 (2015), pp. 1485-1508 (with Mahrad Almotahari). • “Immigration: The Case for Legalization,” Social Theory and Practice Vol. 40, No. 4 (2014), pp. 609-630. • “Doing, Allowing, and the State,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 33, No. 2 (2014), pp. 235-264. • “Are Justified Aggressors a Threat to the Rights Theory of Self-Defense?” in Helen Frowe and Gerald Lang (eds.) How We Fight (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 87-103.* • “Contractualism, Politics, and Morality,” Acta Analytica Vol. 28, No. 4 (2013), pp. 495-508. • “Democracy, Paternalism, and Campaign Finance,” Public Affairs Quarterly Vol. 27, No. 2 (2013), pp. 157-177. • “Immigration and Freedom of Movement,” Ethics and Global Politics Vol. 6, No. 1 (2013), pp. 25–37.