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Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Addictive Craving: There’s More to Wanting More." Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 27(3), 2020.

The phenomenon of craving is widely taken to be a key feature of addiction, commonly appealed to in order to explain how addiction jeopardizes self-control, intentions, resolutions, and choice. The received view of craving is a neurobiological account which defines cravings as intense urges that result from the pathological effects of drugs on the dopamine system. In this paper, I argue that the received view of craving is inadequate; it misidentifies the content of addictive craving and fails to capture its phenomenology. I propose an alternative explanation according to which addictive cravings are psychologically complex desires that aim at emotionally significant experiences that are highly valued in the context of addiction. This alternative account helps explain why cravings are so intense and often extremely difficult to resist.

"What’s Wrong with the (White) Female Nude?" The Polish Journal of Aesthetics 41(2), 2016.

In “What’s Wrong with the (Female) Nude?” A. W. Eaton argues that the female nude in Western art promotes sexually objectifying, heteronormative erotic taste, and thereby has insidious effects on gender equality. In this response, I reject the claim that sexual objectification is a phenomenon that can be generalized across the experiences of women. In particular, I argue that Eaton’s thesis is based on the experiences of women who are white, and does not pay adequate attention to the lives of racialized women. This act of exclusion undermines the generality of Eaton’s thesis, and exposes a more general bias in discussions of the representation of women in art. Different kinds of gendered bodies have been subjected to different kinds of objectifying construal, and the ethics of nudity in art must be extended to take such variation into account.

Invited Publications

"The phenomenology of craving, and the explanatory overreach of neuroscience." Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology  27(3), 2020. 

This is a response to commentaries by Owen Flanagan and Douglas Porter on my article "Addictive Craving: There's More to Wanting More." In this reply I make clarifying points regarding my views on the relationship between neuroscience and phenomenology, and I expand on my original thesis, focusing especially on addiction treatment, harm reduction, and the role of testimony.


Other Writing

"Why we crave." Aeon magazine, September 2022

In Progress

A paper defending an externalist account of self-control in addiction
A paper on the nature of sexual desire

A paper on the role that desires play in intention formation and action

Awards & Fellowships

2020-2021       Altman Dissertation Fellowship

2019-2020       Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, Kingsborough Community College

2019                 Graduate Assistantship, Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI), Penn State                                                   University, Rock Ethics Institute

2018                 Graduate Student Travel Award, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology

2016-2019        Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship

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