Department : Philosophy
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PHD, CUNY: The Graduate Center
MA, CUNY: The Graduate Center
MPHIL, CUNY: The Graduate Center
BA, New York University
I believe in philosophy as a practical, real-world tool. I work primarily in moral, social, and political philosophy, with an emphasis on global and decolonial philosophy, as well as feminist philosophy, queer philosophy, and critical race theory. I’m interested in philosophy as an essential tool for both understanding and interpreting the law, and I’m working on ways to think about philosophy as a critical tool for disaster planning and response. I think philosophy can help us to come at problems from unconventional angles, and to bring a systematic, critical eye to serious, real-world problems. I am the co-director of the college's Center for Ethics and Leadership, where we work to apply ethics to complex public and professional dilemmas.
I’m also the Pre-Law advisor at Manhattan College, as well as the faculty adviser for the St. Thomas More Society, and the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Ethics Minor. I love talking to students about what real-world problems they plan to tackle with the tools they’ve gathered at Manhattan.
I was born in Canada, but my family and roots are spread across the British Commonwealth, in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK. My work reflects this history, focusing on legacies of colonialism in the invention of modernity. My research explores the relationships between Enlightenment philosophy and contemporary decolonial projects, with an emphasis on constructions of gender, sexuality, domestic labor, and the family. I am committed to approaching philosophical questions from below, in non-ideal circumstances like disasters, decolonial struggles, and discriminatory law. These questions are built into the classes I teach at Manhattan College.
- Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, 2014-Present
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, 2012-2014
- Adjunct Lecturer, John Jay College and Hunter College, CUNY 2004-2011 (Courses Taught: Political Philosophy, Ethics and Law, Community and Responsibility in Post-Revolutionary South Africa, Ethics and Superheroes, Marriage in the 21st Century, Philosophy and the Rule of Law)
Publications & Professional Activities
Peer Reviewed Publications
- “Domestic Labor, Citizenship, and Exceptionalism: Rethinking Kant’s “Woman Problem.” Journal of Social Philosophy, 46:3, Fall 2015, pp. 340-356.
- "Engagement, Domesticity, and Market-Based Metaphors in Kant's Rechtslehre." Women's Studies Quarterly, Fall 2013.
- “Patriarchalism and Enlightenment.” In Patriarchal Moments, eds. Ceasare Cuttica and Gaby Mahlberg. Bloomsbury Academic Studies.
- "Personhood, Protection, and Promiscuity: Some thoughts on Kant, Mothers, and Infanticide." APA Newsletter on Feminist Philosophy, 2011.
- “Kant and Kinky Sex.” In What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Lover. Open Court Press, 2012.
- “A Universal Estate? Why Kant’s Account of Marriage Speaks to the 21st Century Debate.” In Kant’s Doctrine of Right in the Twenty First Century. Eds. Larry Krasnoff and Nuria Sanchez Madrid. University of Wales Press 2016. Forthcoming.
- "Thinking from the Underside of Kant's Cosmopolitanism." Carribean Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 2013.
- "From Biological Inferiority to Rightful Inequality." European Consortium for Political Research, September 2013.
- "Kant, Retributivism, and the Ethics of Dueling." Invited talk at West Point Academy, October 2013.
- "Kant's Concubines." New York Society for Women in Philosophy, July 2013.
- "Kant's Juridical Cosmopolitanism." North American Kant Society Biennial Conference, May 2013.
- "Why Kant’s Account of Marriage Can’t Morally Transform Sex." Society for the Philosophy of Love and Sex Panel at the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, December 27-30, 2011, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC.
- “Two Models of Exclusion: Institutional Racism and Cosmopolitan Thought.” Caribbean Philosophical Association 2011 Conference. Septemper 29-October 1st. Rutgers, New Jersey.
- “Marriage in Decolonial African Thought: Gender and Institutional Epistemologies.” Disciplining Sexuality, Unruly Performances: A Queer/Transgender/Feminist Theory Conference. Friday, May 27, 2011 University of California at Davis.
- “The Transformation of External Freedom: On Kant’s Third Sphere of Political Society.” PhiloSOPHIA Annual Conference. May 5-8, 2011. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
- “Kant’s Raced Cosmopolitanism.” British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference. March 29-31, 2011. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
- “Promiscuity, Personhood, and Protection: On Kant and Infanticide.” New York Society for Women in Philosophy Workshop. February 24, 2011. NYU, New York, NY.
Philosophy and Popular Culture
- “The Virtues of Chosing Your Faction.” In Divergent and Philosophy. Ed. Courtland Lewis. Open Court Press, 2015.
- "How Not To Be A Slut (Even When Everyone Already Thinks You Are)." Veronica Mars and Philosophy. Wiley Press, 2014.
- "Learning from Aliens." Ender's Game and Philosophy. Open Court Press, 2013.
- "Telling Each Other Everything." How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy. Open Court Press, 2013.
- PHIL 230
- PHIL 350
- PHIL 201
- PHIL 201
- PHIL 150