I am a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. I specialize in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and aesthetics.
I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy at UCLA in 2018.
My recent work explores spontaneous freedom—the sort of freedom someone who feels “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 work on spontaneous freedom, other recent projects have explored the aesthetics of games, rights of cultural participation, and the social and political preconditions of creativity. My newest research project asks how we might think about the nature of action if we focus our inquiry into action on the perspective of aesthetics and art. I have secondary research interests in feminist theory, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, bioethics, and applied ethics.
Before I began work on my Ph.D., I studied Philosophy and History at Georgetown University. In 2010, I graduated from Harvard Law School, where I studied legal theory, intellectual property law, and the South Asian legal profession.
Outside of my academic work, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, surfing, and reading modernist literature.