Bio

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at UNC-CH. I am also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy.

I co-founded and co-direct The Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry Research Group with Gary Gala, MD.

I am a Core Faculty Member of the Duke-UNC Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program; a Faculty Fellow of The Parr Center for Ethics; an Associate of The Center for Bioethics at UNC; an Associate of the Department of Social Medicine; and, most recently, an Affiliated Member of the “Expression, Communication and Origins of Meaning” (ECOM) Research Group.

My research focuses on conceptual, ethical, legal, and political issues surrounding the concepts of mental disorder and irrationality. I have published on the topics of moral integrity, human enhancement, economic rationality, political liberty and material equality, surrogate decision making, psychopathy (i.e., the condition of being a psychopath) and civil commitment law.

I am the new Managing Editor of Public Affairs Quarterly.

Current research projects include:

  • Co-editing (with Gary Gala) a volume of originally written essays entitled, Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives,under contract with Routledge. The volume includes lead essays by Alison Denham, Scott Kim, Nicholas Kontos, Marc Lange, Michael McKenna, C.D.C. Reeve, David Rubinow, Jesse Summers, George Szmukler and Walter Sinnot-Armstrong.
  • “The Role of Internal Reasons in Psychiatric Evaluations” (with Gary Gala)
  • “The Landscape of Psychiatric Interventions”
  • “Psychiatric Diagnosis and Character Trait Attribution”
  • “The Logic of Character Trait Attribution”
  • “Responsibility for Mental Disorder?”
  • “Conscience, Moral Integrity and Moral Commitment”
  • “Three Senses of ‘Self’”
  • “Esteem, Social Snobbery and Democratic Equality”
  • A monograph tentatively entitled The Danger of Words: The Moral Psychology of Thomas Hobbes

Links to most of my published work are available at my PhilPapers profile.