Research

To what and to whom do we consider ourselves responsible? To our neighbor down the street? To a shared planet? How do we draw the lines of our obligations and binds — by kin, race, nation? What happens in those moments when we are called to respond differently, to others across the boundaries we had drawn and in ways more imaginative than our habitual modes? These questions of roots and routes, bonds and breaks, guide my research. 

The central claim of my dissertation, “Re-describing an Ethics of Responsibility with Edouard Glissant,” is that the ethical turn requires the decolonial turn. That is, to be fruitful in a context of coloniality, ethics requires politics. My work is thus situated between moral and political philosophy. 

I read and comment on Edouard Glissant, Simone Weil, Enrique Dussel, William James, and John Dewey. In this way, I am in conversation with certain strands of Continental and Caribbean philosophy as well as U.S. pragmatism. 

More specifically, to maintain expertise, I try to write one essay per year in my area of specialization (ethics) and at least one essay per year in my areas of concentration (e.g. U.S. pragmatism) and on figures of interest (e.g. Simone Weil). A list of my publications, present and forthcoming, can be found here.

Finally, I work on collaborative research projects, including studies of Weil’s key concepts with Lissa McCullough, of Weil’s political philosophy with Helen M. Kinsella, of human rights (especially in Brazil) with Marcia Mikulak, and of “precarity” with Eric Aldieri and Pascale Devette.