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I am a moral and political philosopher with expertise in contemporary political philosophy, applied ethics, normative ethics, and analytic feminist philosophy. My recent research focuses on what we owe to other animals. I have published papers on the place of nonhuman animals in our theorising about global justice, and on what we owe to them as a matter of climate justice. I have also defended the following claims (among others): that sentient nonhuman animals have a right to privacy, that few nonhuman animals are political agents, that sentient nonhuman animals have a right to self-determination, that non-euthanasia killing in animals shelters is sometimes morally permitted, and that we shouldn't support zoos. My latest projects focus on the normative significance of nonhuman animal agency; in other words, what other animals do and why it matters morally, socially, and politically. I am especially interested in whether domestication is compatible with animals' interests in self-determination and the demands of justice.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Sheffield


Award Date: 28 Jun 2013

Philosophy, MA, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 30 Aug 2007

Philosophy, BA (Hons)


Award Date: 30 Aug 2005


  • BJ Ethics
  • animal rights
  • theories of justice
  • feminist philosophy
  • animal ethics
  • political philosophy
  • ethics of killing


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