Research

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

“What’s the Harm in Climate Change?” Ethics, Policy & Environment, 20 (2017): 103–117.

“Sharing Responsibility to Divest” in Environmental Values (forthcoming, accepted June 13, 2016) (link)

Book Chapters:

“Going Fossil Free: A Lesson in Climate Activism and Political Responsibility” in Handbook of  Climate Change Research at Universities: Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges, ed. Walter Leal Filho (Springer International, 2017), pp. 55–67.

Op-eds:

“We Don’t Need A ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution” with Aaron Jaffe, in The Stone (blog). New York Times, October 31, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/opinion/we-dont-need-a-war-on-climate-change-we-need-a-revolution.html

Book Reviews:

“Reconceiving Responsibility: A Review of Iris Young’s Responsibility for Justice” in Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (2013): 591­–5.


MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

Books:

Parts Per Billion: Individual Responsibility and Global Climate Change (expected submission June 2017.)

Climate change presents an enormous problem that requires the action of governments, corporations, and other transnational bodies. But the relevant institutions have been slow to enact even modest measures that would mitigate further harmful warming. What then is the responsibility of individuals in this situation? My book is an argument about the shape that individual responsibility must take to address the problem. I refute the ‘atomistic’ conceptions of responsibility that are dominant, both in contemporary philosophy and everyday life. This conception locates responsibility in what the individual does or fails to do. According to it, we should focus on making our own acts less impactful. The explosion of green marketing in recent years is evidence of the popularity of this conception of responsibility. However, in isolation, individual acts are neither necessary nor sufficient to cause or prevent environmental catastrophe. This conception of responsibility is more likely to lead to apathy and cynicism than to a decrease in global temperatures.

In its place, I argue for a more relational and political notion of responsibility. I show that climate change is best understood as a form of structural injustice, and that atomistic responsibility fails to account for this. I uncover the historical roots of atomism in liberal modernism, and point to alternatives in ancient and medieval philosophy, contemporary legal scholarship, and recent feminist thought. I then offer a radical reconception of responsibility, one that is both collective and individual. We must recognize the social location of individuals and the shared responsibilities implied by that location. Atomistic responsibility is a special case of responsibility; not as the norm. The arguments here are philosophical, and I engage with the best and most relevant contemporary work in in the field. But I also demonstrate the political pertinence of this conception of responsibility. We meet this responsibility – not just by purchasing “green” goods in grocery stores and shopping malls – but through coordinated efforts to transform unjust structures for the better.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES UNDER REVISION:

“Wise Latinas, White Men, and Worries About Impartiality”

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW:

“Implementing Climate Change Research at Universities: Barriers, Potential and Actions” with Walter Leal Filho, Edward A. Morgan, Eric S. Godoy, Charlotte Gotangco,  Ulisses Azeiteiro, Paula B. Nocolau, Lucas Veigas, Claudia Mac-Lean, and Jean Hugé.


CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

“Identifying Transfer of Learning Pathways Across Disciplines” (with Brian Brooks, Eric Godoy, Chris Jensen, Allegra Shmulevsky, Keena Suh, Scott VanderVoort, and Chris Wynter), Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Student Success Conference, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, June 15, 2017.

“Sympathy for Non-Human Predators,” Moral Sense Colloquium, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, June 2, 2017.

“Faking Whose Nature?” (invited presentation) Historical Materialism New York conference, New York University, New York, NY, April 22, 2017.

“Going Fossil Free: A Lesson in Climate Activism and Political Responsibility,” International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and International Journal of Climate Change Strategies & Management symposium, Universities & Climate Change: The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation & Adaptation Challenges, Manchester, UK, September 1, 2016.

“Sharing Responsibility to Divest,” Conference of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC, June 9, 2016.

“The Limits of Collective Responsibility for Climate Change,” Collective Responsibility for the Future, University College Dublin, Ireland, June 15, 2015.

“Keystone Confusions, or Why Our Moral Concepts Matter,” (panelist and panel co-organizer) Conference of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, New Orleans, LA, 2014, October 27, 2014.

“Confronting Atomistic Responsibility: Climate Change and Individual Moral Obligation,” Conference of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Chicago, IL, February 27, 2014.

“Climate Change and the Responsibility Deficit,” Conference of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Rochester, NY, November 5, 2012.

“Connecting with Nature: Locating an Environmental Ethic in Kant’s Aesthetics” Conference of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Arlington, VA, November 1, 2009.

Invited Talks and Workshops:

“Structural Responsibility for Climate Change,” Philosophy Workshop Series, The New School for Social Research, invited lecture for works in progress series, New York, NY, January 27, 2017.

“Climate Change and Justice for the Future,” guest lecture for graduate politics seminar, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, December 5, 2016.

A Crash Course in The Ethics of Consumption,” public presentation for the Sustainability Crash Course at the Center for Sustainable Design Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, April 2, 2016.

“’There is No Beginning, You Must Simply Jump In,’” speech at The New School for Social Research Graduation Recognition Ceremony, New York, NY, May 21, 2015.

“Justice, Responsibility, and Climate Change,” workshop on food justice and environmental philosophy with Corine Pelluchon, Food and the City Working Group, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, NY, October 10, 2013.

“Moral Psychology of Collective Responsibility,” presentation for Dr. Emanuele Castano’s psychology lab (studying collective responsibility), New School for Social Research, NY, May 7, 2013.

Various introductory lectures in ethics, environmental ethics and sustainability themed courses at Pratt Institute, NY, and Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, NY, 2012-present.

“Advice for New Graduate Students at The New School” panelist at Graduate Student Orientation, New School for Social Research, NY, August 23, 2010.

“Mill’s Utilitarianism and Other Species of Consequentialism,” guest lecture at City University of New York, Brooklyn College, New York, November 20, 2008.

Graduate Student Conferences:

“Three Ways to Think about Responsibility for Climate Change,” Dimensions of Contemporary Social Change conference at New York University, NY, December 1, 2012.

“Modern Responsibility: For and Against,” (opening remarks; panel discussion) Freedom and Responsibility conference at New School for Social Research, NY, April 27, 2012.

“More than Stories? Arendt, Action, and Narration in Public Space,” (response paper) Articulations: A Conference on Philosophy at Art, New School for Social Research, NY, April 21, 2010.

“Thinking A-way from Heidegger,” (welcome address) A-Way from Heidegger conference at New School for Social Research, NY, April 21, 2007.

“Fascism, Pop Music, and MySpace: Adorno on Mass Culture and Music as Art,” Critical Themes in Media Studies conference at New School for Social Research, NY, April 19, 2007.