Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Welcome! In Fall 2022, I will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. In 2022-23, I will also be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. I was previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
My research areas are social and political philosophy, Africana philosophy, and late modern German philosophy, especially Kant, Hegel, and Marx. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Graduate Center, CUNY and my BA from Hunter College, CUNY. My current research focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois's theory of justice, which I base on his critique of 19th- and 20th-century American democracy.
You can find my CV here.
My articles have appeared or are forthcoming in such academic outlets as Kantian Review, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race, Journal of Political Philosophy, Social Theory & Practice, Philosophical Topics, Australasian Philosophical Review, The Philosophical Forum, and Philosophy & Social Criticism. I currently have an essay commissioned for The Monist.
My first monograph W.E.B. Du Bois: The Lost and the Found was published with Polity Press in 2020. My second monograph A Du Boisian Theory of Justice: On Political Constructivism, Democratic Development, and Reform is currently under review. My first poetry book How to Love the World was published with Pank Press in 2020 and was shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award. You can check out my recent interviews about my new books at [PANK] Magazine, Boston Athenaeum, and the APA Blog.
With Helga Varden (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), I organize The Pariah Book Manuscript Workshop that supports historically under-represented philosophers to complete book manuscripts. If you're interested in joining, write to me here. I am also a co-organizer of an online lecture series "Philosophy in Times of Crisis," together with Henny Blomme (KU Leuven) and Ansgar Lyssy (University of Heidelberg).
I grew up in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. In my free time, I write poetry and volunteer in public outreach programs. I am also interested in fashion, pop culture from the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and really sad songs like this and this and this.