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Biography

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.

Research interests

  • What we owe, as a matter of justice, to nonhuman animals. 
  • The ethics and politics of domestication.
  • Theories of global justice.
  • Theories of distributive justice. 
  • The ethics of killing. 
  • Just war theory.
  • Freedom and self-determination.
  • Power, tyranny, and legitimacy. 
  • Analytic feminist philosophy. 

Teaching

  • Political Concepts
  • Practical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Feminism and Global Justice: A Case For Cosmopolitanism, University of Sheffield

20082013

Award Date: 28 Jun 2013

Philosophy, MA, MPhil, University of Cambridge

20062007

Award Date: 30 Aug 2007

Philosophy, BA (Hons)

20022005

Award Date: 30 Aug 2005

Keywords

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

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