California State University, Northridge

Philosophy Department, Sierra Tower 518

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Phone: (818) 677-2752



Area of Specialization

Social and Political Philosophy


Areas of Competence

Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Spinoza, Logic, Philosophy of Mind


Academic Appointment

            Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge 2011-Present



Ph.D.   University of Virginia, 2011

Dissertation: “The Structure of Injustice: A New Approach to Nonideal Theory”

Director: A. John Simmons

B.A.    University of California, Los Angeles, 2003



“Two Kinds of Definitions in Spinoza’s Ethics,” The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2011)



“Structures not Institutions” On the Scope of Distributive Justice Workshop, Central European University, Budapest, July 6, 2012

“Feminism and Non-Ideal Theory: The Problem with Facts” International Association of Women Philosophers, University of Western Ontario, June 26, 2010

“Non-Ideal Theory and the Basic Structure” Canadian Political Science Association, Concordia University, Montreal, June 2, 2010

“Ideal Theory and the Basic Structure” 6th Annual MMU Workshops in Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 3, 2009

 “Definitions, Axioms, and Postulates in Spinoza’s EthicsUniversity of Virginia Philosophy Department Annual Blandy Farm Retreat, October 16, 2006


Fellowships and Awards

NEH Seminar Participant “Liberty, Equality, and Justice: Philosophical Problems in Domestic and Global Contexts” Directed by Christopher H. Wellman and Andrew Altman, University of Washington, St. Louis, June 4-29, 2012

University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship (one of twenty) 2009-2010    

University of Virginia Second-Year Council Class of 2010 Dinner Series Invitee (for faculty who have inspired second-year undergraduates) 2008

University of Virginia Summer Foreign Language Fellowship (for studying German) 2005

University of California, Los Angeles Alumni Scholarship 1999-2000


Commentaries and Workshops

Comments on Tommie Shelby’s “Justice, Work, and the Ghetto Poor,” Political Theory Colloquia, University of Virginia, March 25, 2011

Comments on Fonna Forman-Barzalai’s “Escape from Isolation: rethinking justice in a global age,” Politics, Philosophy, and Law Colloquia, University of Virginia, March 2, 2011

“Representation and Make-Believe” (with William Hasselberger), Institute for the Study of Art and Philosophy, University of Virginia, April 18, 2007

Comments on Harvey Mansfield’s “Manliness,” Forum for Contemporary Thought, University of Virginia, March 1, 2007

Comments on Christina Hoff Sommers’ “The War on Boys,” Forum for Contemporary Thought, University of Virginia, October 9, 2006


Courses Taught

CSUN:                                                                        UVA:

Phil 446: Political Philosophy                                     Phil 163: Masculinity

Phil 406: Philosophy of Sex, Gender,                         Phil 161: Introduction to the

and Sexuality                                                              Philosophy of Art

Phil 310: Philosophical Problems

Phil 303: Sexual Ethics

LRS 250: Reason, Belief, and Education

University Service


Philosophy Department Assessment Liaison                                                              2012-

Panel Commentator for III CSUN Student Philosophy Conference                         2012


Assistant to the Page-Barbour and James W. Richard Lectures Committee              2008-2011

Graduate Student Representative, Philosophy Graduate Student Association         2008-2009

Treasurer, Philosophy Graduate Student Association                                                2006-2008

Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Institute for the Study of Art and Philosophy               2006-2009



A. John Simmons, Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of Virginia

John Arras, Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia

Talbot Brewer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia

Paul Humphreys (teaching reference), Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia


Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association

American Political Science Association