I’m an associate professor 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 and at Journal of Applied Philosophy, an area editor in political philosophy at Ergo, a member of the editorial panel at Thought, and a faculty advisor at the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia. I’m vice-president, 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, the result of which was my book on the topic. Starting in 2020, 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 generally 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.
The photo at the top is Kohimarama Beach, which is ten minutes from where I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand.