I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the UCLA Department of Philosophy, where I specialize in value theory including ethics, aesthetics, and political and legal philosophy. I expect to earn my degree in June 2018.
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 variety 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, my research interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, politics, and law. I’m work on the aesthetics of games, the nature of rights of cultural participation, and the social and political preconditions of creativity. I have secondary research interests in bioethics, continental philosophy, and feminist theory.
I graduated from Harvard Law School before I began work on my Ph.D. and, inn 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 occasionally write and publish empirical research on legal education and the legal profession.
The background photo above is of Mt. Tom, outside of Bishop, CA, one of the places where I sometimes climb rocks.