I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
I am also on the executive committee of the UofT Joint Centre for Bioethics, the advisory board of the UofT Centre for Ethics, and have a cross appointment in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
I completed my Ph.D. at Columbia University and then a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Riverside. Before that, I did my B.A. at Saint Louis University. I originally hail from Springfield, Missouri.
Most of my research falls into one of two categories. The first concerns the autonomy of children and adolescents and its relation to the scope of educational authority belonging to parents and schools. The second involves the concept of decision-making competence, the contours of our authority to bind our future selves, the conditions under which we continue to have interests rooted in our former values, and the extent to which cognitive impairments affect the capacity to love. The work in both categories involves thinking about the nature of autonomy over the course of a life, the moral significance of what a person values at different times, and how our capacity to value develops and erodes.
I regularly teach courses in normative ethics, bioethics, political philosophy, and the moral foundations of public policy.