I’m a senior research fellow at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU in Melbourne, Australia. I came to ACU in April 2018, before which I was a lecturer in political theory at the University of Manchester. I got my PhD from ANU in 2013. For May and June 2019, I was a visiting research professor at the University of Vienna, working on the ERC-funded project The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency. I’m an associate editor at Analysis, an area editor in political philosophy at Ergo, and a member of the editorial panel at Thought. I’m treasurer and steering committee member at the International Social Ontology Society. For six months in 2017-18, I was a Mind Association Research Fellow, thinking about group duties. I’ve just finished a book on the topic.
I’m primarily interested in the philosophy of human groups, that is, in how we should conceptualise their ontological status, mental and epistemic capacities, agency, responsibility, and duties. I’m also keenly interested in applying these conceptualisations to states and businesses. I’ve got side interests in moral demandingness, associative duties, human rights, and the nature of individuals’ obligations in the face of global catastrophes and moral collective action problems. If you’re researching similar topics, I’d be delighted if you contacted me.
On this website you can download everything I’ve published and find out about my upcoming speaking events.
Below is what my ‘incredulous stare’ looks like. The stare was directed at the camera of Ole Koksvik in November 2017. The photo at the top was taken by me at Kohimarama Beach, near where I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand.