I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the UCLA Department of Philosophy, where I specialize in value theory, including political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics, and aesthetics.
My research interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, politics, and law. My dissertation, Freedom’s Spontaneity, describes the phenomenology of spontaneity. 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.
Beyond my dissertation, I work on the aesthetics of games, rights of cultural participation, and the social and political preconditions of creativity. 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 helped to found O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana, and I have conducted and published empirical research on legal education and the legal profession in India.
The background photo above is of Mt. Tom, outside of Bishop, CA, one of the places where I sometimes climb rocks.