As an environmental philosopher working in public health, I research and teach the opportunities and necessity of refiguring ecology and biology as master sciences. To me, science, public health, and philosophy work synergistically. I reflect on the history of culture and concepts, perform experiments, and piece together documentary evidence from the archives of the anthropocene to inform and assess policy, applying systems thinking to bioethical cases.
This engaged methodology maps multi-level patterns in the social and environmental determinants of health together with philosophical concerns about the utility of our utilities, aiming to provide direction for targeted interventions leveraging ethically- and science-based social and institutional harmonization.
I am currently Assistant Professor in the Erasmus School of Philosophy and Core Faculty of the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative, both positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Biosemiotics, the philosophy of science that approaches biological communication as an inherently meaningful process for the organisms involved, as they maneuver their species-specific Umwelt.
Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco working on public health policy, corporate malfeasance, and conflicts of interest. Before UCSF, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna via 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 (magna cum laude) at the University of Kiel, Germany. I hold graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and UCLA, and received my bachelor’s (with honors) from UC Berkeley.
My CV is available here.