I research, write, and teach philosophy, especially ethics. I received my PhD from the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2016, while I was a visiting member of the Department of Philosophy at Oberlin College.
Since 2017, I am a postdoc at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands. I collaborate with the HR and Advanced Analytics teams at Ahold Delhaize, working on ethical uses of data analytics to improve the well-being of employees.
My dissertation, supervised by Justin D'Arms, was called Three Kinds of Goodness for a Person. My primary research focuses on kinds of value, like well-being, that relate to individual persons and their lives. A central aim of my work is to advance a pluralistic understanding of what is good for a person. I make one stride toward this aim in my paper, "Pulling Apart Well-being at a Time and the Goodness of a Life".
The second strand of my research is computing ethics, especially ethical dimensions of automated prediction. Many of the questions that interest me most are about the ethics of artificial social cognition, i.e., ethical issues about the automated attribution and prediction of mental states (intentions, desires, beliefs) of individual (human) persons.
Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
For summer 2019, I am a seminar leader at the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. The seminar I designed is called, "Data, Health, and Ethics: Topics at the Intersection."
University of Twente
In 2013-2014, I conceived and created Ohio State University's new course on Computing Ethics, and I was honored for excellent teaching. I spent the subsequent three years teaching philosophy to the highly engaged students of Oberlin College.
Something (sort of) fun to read
Do you ever feel like the software you use is doing a lot of things that aren't necessarily in your best interest? If so, you may be encountering software antifeatures. At a personal level, antifeatures have perturbed me for many years. More importantly, they raise some serious ethical questions that software developers must confront. I've written an introduction to some of the issues, available here: "Is It a Feature? Is it a Bug? No, It’s an Antifeature."
If this piques your interest, I'd be interested to hear. Email me!