I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University, supervised by Natalie Stoljar and Ian Gold. I received my Ph.D from The Graduate Center, CUNY, under the supervision of David Papineau. I work in philosophy of mind, as it intersects with philosophy of psychiatry, ethics, and feminist philosophy.
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, Desire, Culture, and the Body, I develop a theory of desire according to which desires are essentially enculturated conceptualized states that play the role of presenting favorable outcomes that act as inputs to intention formation, and thereby intentional action. The dissertation develops this theory of desire through an analysis of two paradigmatically bodily desires: desires for drugs (specifically, addictive desires) and sexual desires. My current research is focused on the nature of agency and social responsibility in the context of addiction.