I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
I’m generally interested in social ontology. I’m especially interested in whether social entities — such as nation-states, businesses, mobs, and social classes — can be morally responsible for the outcomes they produce. I’ve also worked on care ethics, associative duties, human rights, and the nature of individuals’ obligations in the face of moral collective action problems. If you’re researching similar topics, I’d be delighted if you contacted me.
In 2020-2023, I’m working on a major three-year project called “Organisations’ Wrongdoing: From Metaphysics to Practice,” which is being funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.
I’m an associate editor at Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy and at Journal of Applied Philosophy, an area editor in political philosophy at Ergo, and a faculty advisor at the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia. From 2016 to 2021, I was an associate editor at Analysis.
In 2022-2024, I am the president of the International Social Ontology Society. I’m on the undergraduate engagement committee of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. I’m on the steering committee of the Melbourne Political, Legal, and Social Theory Network.
I came to Monash in 2022. In 2018-2021, I held a continuing position in the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU. In 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. In 2017-18, I was a Mind Association Research Fellow. In 2013-2018, I was a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. I got my PhD from the ANU in 2013. Before that, I did a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Philosophy, both at the University of Auckland.
The photo at the top is Kohimarama Beach, which is right near where I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand.