I am a postdoctoral scholar at UCSD’s Institute for Practical Ethics. My research focuses on issues at the intersection of ethics, politics, technology, and the environment. Currently, I am working through the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering–specifically, gene drive technology. I completed my Ph.D. at Goethe University Frankfurt, where I wrote a dissertation (under the supervision of Darrel Moellendorf and Rainer Forst) on the ethical and political aspects of geoengineering as a policy response to anthropogenic climate change. From 2016-2017 I was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and in 2017 I joined the Université catholique de Louvain to work with Axel Gosseries as the Bernheim Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Responsibility. I have articles published or forthcoming in: Journal of Applied Philosophy; Global Environmental Politics; Ethics, Policy, & the Environment; Moral Philosophy and Politics; and the Journal of Global Ethics. And my first book, Climate Engineering: A Normative Perspective, is forthcoming with Lexington Books.
I was born and raised in Southern California (Encinitas, to be exact). After graduating cum laude with a BA in philosophy from San Diego State University in 2008, I took a position in Albacete (Spain) teaching English as a North American Language and Culture Assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences. After a year of teaching I returned to San Diego to begin my MA in the fall of 2009.
Like everyone else pursuing a graduate degree, I wasn’t certain of exactly what I wanted to focus on; I just knew that I wanted to be back in the classroom. The first course I walked into was a seminar titled, “Morality and Climate Change.” I knew a couple of weeks into the course that climate change and the myriad ethical issues it raises was what I wanted to focus on. I put the final touches on my thesis, “Equality, Responsibility, and Climate Policy,” in the spring of 2012 and was awarded the MA degree with a GPA of 3.93.
In 2013, I applied for a PhD position at Goethe University Frankfurt to study with my former supervisor Darrel Moellendorf. For three years I was eating pretzels, drinking German pilsners, and studying alongside brilliant young academics. In the summer of 2016 I moved to Cambridge (MA) to join Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. After soaking up all of the culture, history, and academic opportunities I could in Cambridge, I moved back to Frankfurt in the summer of 2017 to finish my dissertation (“Climate Engineering: A Normative Perspective”). I submitted on October 1st, and immediately joined the Université catholique de Louvain as the Bernheim Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Responsibility, working with Axel Gosseries. After Louvain, I returned to Frankfurt to defend my dissertation and take up a postdoctoral position at the Chair of International Political Theory. My time in Europe was the most intellectually stimulating time of my life. That notwithstanding, I couldn’t have been more excited for the opportunity to return home and take up a position at the University of California, San Diego. As of September of 2018, I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Practical Ethics where my research examines the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering–specifically, gene drive technology.