As an environmental philosopher working in public health, I research and teach on the opportunities and necessity of refiguring ecology and biology as master sciences. In my work, science, public health, and philosophy work synergistically, as I perform experiments and piece together documentary evidence to inform theoretical assessments, applying systems thinking to bioethical cases.
This engaged methodology links together multi-level patterns in the social and environmental determinants of health with philosophical concerns, providing direction for targeted interventions based on empirical investigation and applied theory to leverage social and ecological behavioral and institutional harmonization with science and ethics. My active engagement in public health policy-making and research extends these epistemological and ethical insights, addressing disparities produced at various levels of life and society.
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.