Illustration from Leslie Ward, "A Feminine Philosopher," Vanity Fair 1873

I'm a Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA. Much of my work to date has focused on John Stuart Mill's moral and social-political philosophy; my book J. S. Mill: Moral, Social and Political Thought was published by Polity in 2010. In addition, I work on topics in consequentialist moral philosophy and liberal political thought. At present, I'm also pursuing interests in moral psychology—I’ve recently been writing about Strawson’s “Freedom and Resentment”—and applied ethics. In the summer of 2016 I became the editor-in-chief of Utilitas, after having previously served as its reviews editor.

I did my Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of Kurt Baier and David Gauthier. While at Pitt I also completed an M.A. in Economics. Before coming to ODU in 1999 I held one-year positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Florida. From April through July 2014 I was the John Stuart Mill Visiting Chair of Social Philosophy at the Universität Hamburg.

In the last ten years I have, somewhat to my surprise, become a fairly experienced administrator. From 2007-13, I served as chair of my department. From 2015-17, I was my university's Provost's Fellow for Faculty Development. And in 2017, I became my college's Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.