I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of California, Davis.
My research is in normative ethics, applied ethics, and bioethics. Much of my work across those areas focuses on the value of creating new lives. In bioethics, I have written on the value (or lack thereof) of new genetic technologies such as CRISPR and mitochondrial replacement therapies. I have recently turned my attention to the use of racial categories in genomic science. In normative ethics, I’m interested in population ethics and the moral reason, if any, to create new happy people. I also write on moral options as limits to the demands of morality.
I was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Center Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health in the Washington D.C. area. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University in 2011.