Golden aspen at McGee Creek in the Eastern SierraMy research explores ways in which ethical and political theory can be enriched by attending to experiences of spontaneity, cultural participation, and artistic creativity. I draw on the phenomenology of these everyday experiences to inform central questions in value theory about freedom, action, creativity, and equality. My current research project contends that thinking about valuable, non-moralised experiences of what is interesting, fun, original, and beautiful can motivate and shape new, more capacious philosophical theories of personhood and action. Developing a new picture of the person generates a new picture of the citizen, too. Individually, we are aesthetic agents as well as moral agents; collectively, we are cultural agents as well as political agents.

Freedom, Agency, Creativity

“Freedom and the Value of Games,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2018 [abstract] [postprint] [published version]

“Spontaneous Freedom” [abstract] [Draft of October 30, 2018]

“Integrity and Spontaneity” [abstract] [Draft of October 22, 2018]

“Freedom beyond Choice” (manuscript available on request) [abstract]

“Agency, Moral and Aesthetic” (manuscript available on request) [abstract]

“The Political Morality of Nudges in Healthcare,” in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, 2016 [abstract] [preprint] [published version]

Culture, Politics, Equality

“Remixing Rawls: Constitutional Cultural Liberties in Liberal Democracies,” Northeastern University Law Review, 2019 [abstract] [preprint] [published version]

“Liberal Equality, Neutrality, and Culture” (manuscript available on request) [abstract]

“On Vanguardism” (work in progress) [abstract]

History and Miscellany

“Poincaré, Sartre, Continuity and Temporality,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 2006 [abstract] [preprint] [published version]

“Kantian Genius and Artistic Creativity” (work in progress) [abstract]

“Having Fun” (work in progress) [abstract]

Legal Education and the Legal Profession

“Responding to the Market: The Impact of the Rise of Corporate Law Firms on Elite Legal Education in India,” co-authored with Nick Robinson, in The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization, 2017 [abstract and preprint] [published version]

“The Anatomy of Legal Recruitment in India: Tracing the Tracks of Globalization,” co-authored with Vikramaditya Khanna and Aditya Singh, in The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization, 2017 [abstract and preprint] [published version]

“Envisioning Legal Education Reform,” co-authored with Aditya Singh, Critical Twenties, 2010 [published version]

“Writing Requirements, Student Assessment, and Plagiarism in Indian Law Schools,” co-authored with Aditya Singh, India Law News, 2010 [published version]

“A Call for Blind Review: Student Edited Law Reviews and Bias,” Journal of Legal Education, 2009 [abstract and preprint] [published version]


Freedom’s Spontaneity [short abstract] [full abstract] [dissertation]

Case Note

A.V. ex rel. Vanderhye v. iParadigms, LLC: Electronic Databases and the Compartmentalization of Fair Use,” IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, 2010 [abstract and preprint] [published version]