I'm an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. I received my PhD in philosophy in 2020 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent one year as an assistant professor at Syracuse University before coming to UAB.
My research and teaching interests are very broad, but they all center around normative questions: questions about how we should live. Some of these are more foundational normative questions, such as what it is in virtue of which we have reasons to act, think, and feel in certain ways. Others are more applied normative questions, especially ones having to do with the nature of racism and other forms of discrimination: what they are, what’s wrong with them, and how they should be combated.
My research on these questions is primarily in ethics and epistemology, but also takes me into social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophy of mind and action, moral psychology, 20th Century philosophy, and Sikh philosophy.
Before graduate school, I received my bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton University. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. When I'm not doing philosophy, I enjoy playing jazz guitar, tabletop gaming, and watching football and basketball. I spend a lot of my time with my partner, Lindsay Brainard, who's also a philosopher, and our dog, Frisbee. I used to be a professional jazz guitarist and composer; you can listen to the album I recorded in my previous life here.
My pronouns are he/him.