PhD (University of Western Australia)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0119
La Jolla, CA 92093-0119
I am an assistant teaching professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, San Diego. This site provides information about my teaching and research, which generally focus on ethics, applied ethics and political philosophy.
My PhD research was in ethics and applied ethics, addressing issues in animal and environmental ethics. A chapter of my dissertation dealing with the moral standing of animals has been published in The Monist. My most recent paper appears in Social Theory and Practice and concerns the ethics of immigration control. All of my papers are available for download at my Social Science Research Network page.
In 2011 I published a book about refugees. It incorporates political philosophy alongside historical and interview material to present a new framework for enforcing the rights of refugees. Hannah Arendt and other critics have often taken the situation of refugees to show that human rights are inevitably undermined by national sovereignty. Against this view, and despite the disappointing refugee record of most states, I try to show how asylum-seekers could make enforceable rights-claims against sovereign states.
Between 2011 and 2013 I taught in the philosophy department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. My teaching responsibilities there included a seminar on virtue ethics for honours students and graduate students; upper-level undergraduate courses on international justice, environmental ethics and the ethics of global conflict; and a first-year course on human rights theory.
Before arriving at Monash I taught philosophy and ethics (particularly bioethics) in the medical school at the University of Notre Dame Australia, a private Catholic institution. Prior to that I taught a wide variety of introductory courses in philosophy at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where I also taught critical thinking, political philosophy and ethics while completing my PhD. Like Monash, UWA is a member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s consortium of research universities.