I work in ethics, social/political philosophy, philosophy of education, and philosophy of gender. My research explores the moral landscape of relationships of dependency, identifying what makes those relationships valuable, the harms to which they make us vulnerable, and the responsibilities they generate. Rather than treat all relationships of dependency in the same way, my work looks at the normative complexities of particular kinds of relationships of dependency. I am especially interested in relationships between parents and children, school teachers and students, and intimate partners. 

My primary research projects gives an account of the meaning and moral significance of domestic violence. Some of my other projects include exploring how we ought to educate citizens in non-ideal circumstances, how well Title IX policies serve the interests of victims of gender-based violence, and how teachers should evaluate students who cheat when their institutions are fundamentally unjust. 

Defining Domestic Violence


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