I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the UCLA Department of Philosophy, where I specialize in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and aesthetics.
My dissertation, Freedom’s Spontaneity, is about spontaneous freedom—the sort of freedom someone who is “as free as a bird” enjoys. While the freedom of spontaneity has often been disregarded by analytic moral philosophy, which has focused instead on the freedom of autonomy, I argue that spontaneous freedom is a valuable form of freedom that enables us to feel that we are among the sources of novelty in the world, a feeling that is essential to artistic creativity. Appreciating the value of spontaneous freedom requires modifying contemporary moral theory to make room for this value. I also argue that the study of spontaneous freedom has implications for politics: states should promote spontaneous freedom by providing the material and social preconditions for us to feel that our lives could head in radically different and unanticipated directions.
Beyond my dissertation, I work on the aesthetics of games, rights of cultural participation, and the social and political preconditions of creativity; my paper on “Freedom and the Value of Games” has just come out in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. I have secondary research interests in feminist theory, 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, and bioethics.
I graduated from Harvard Law School before I began work on my Ph.D. and, in addition to my philosophical research, I am an expert on legal education in South Asia. I have conducted and published empirical research on the Indian legal profession and legal education.