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I am a  philosophy Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California, working primarily in free will and moral responsibility and ethics (especially metaethics and moral psychology).  I also have interests in philosophy of mind, medical ethics, and the history of modern philosophy.

In my dissertation I argue that leading Deep Self accounts of moral responsibility are overly narrow in the range of actions that they count a person as being attributionally-responsible for.  I show that these accounts share a common necessary condition on responsibility, and that this common condition can itself provide the foundation for a new less agentially-demanding Deep Self account.

I am also interested in questions surrounding depression, death, and what makes a life worth living. My paper “Williams and the Desirability of Body-Bound Immortality Revisited” is forthcoming in the European Journal of Philosophy.   I recently presented on clinical depression and hierarchical views of autonomous agency at the inaugural conference for the Gothenberg Responsibility Project in Gothenburg, Sweden. Through my scholarship with the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics I conducted interdisciplinary research on the question of whether or not a person’s having clinical depression can give us autonomy-based reasons to intervene in a person’s suicide plans.