Environmental Philosophy and Public Health

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As an applied and theoretical environmental philosopher, I study structural and systemic functioning at the intersection of nature and society. In my work, science and philosophy of science go hand-in-hand, as I piece together documentary evidence to inform theoretical assessments, applying systems thinking to bioethical case studies. This engaged methodology links together multi-level patterns with philosophy, providing direction for targeted applied theory and empirical investigation to leverage social change and ecological awareness. My engagement in public health policy research extends these epistemological and ethical insights, addressing disparities produced from environmental determinants of health.

As of November 2018, I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Faculty in the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Before UCSF, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna , on an Austrian National Science Foundation grant I co-wrote titled “New Directions in Plant Ethics.” In 2015 I earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Kiel, Germany. Before that, I earned a Master’s and completed doctoral work in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s in Political Theory at the London School of Economics, and BAs in Rhetoric and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

My CV is available here