I am a philosophy doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. I work in philosophy of mind, as it intersects with feminist philosophy and philosophy of psychiatry. My areas of interest are ethics, social epistemology, philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience, and philosophy of gender.
My research develops accounts of the nature of desire, desire acquisition, the roles desires play in our mental lives and the cultural and normative dimensions of desire. In my dissertation, The Structure of Desire: Toward an Integrationist Account, I develop a theory of desire according to which desires consist of integrated bodily and cognitive elements: even our most basic, bodily desires have cognitively complex content, while most of our more abstract desires are embodied in a manner that is unrecognized by standard accounts of desire. Moreover, I argue, our desires all have a fundamental social and cultural dimension – this includes desires that are typically considered to be appetitive and bodily, such as addictive desire and sexual desire.
David Papineau supervises my doctoral research. Peter Godfrey-Smith, Linda Martín Alcoff and Miranda Fricker sit on my advising committee