I am an assistant professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from UCLA in 2010. I have completed post-doctoral fellowships in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and in the Law and Philosophy Program at UCLA. I have also been a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Philosophy.
I am interested in how legal and political institutions properly play a role in enabling citizens to live ethically good lives. I argue that we need law and government of the right sort not merely to provide incentives for good behavior but also to enable us to discharge certain moral duties, including duties to manage imbalances of power, to address injustice, and to treat others on equal terms. I have several projects completed or underway in three specific sub-areas:
- The possibility of law without coercion and the ethics of obeying unenforced and under-enforced laws.
- The justification of democratic institutions, including the role of the judiciary in a democracy.
- Issues of economic justice in medical care and clinical research.