My research focuses on political analytic philosophy. In particular, on contemporary theories of justice and equality. It includes work on the ethical foundations of the Welfare State, social rights, and (global) justice. My work on global justice has focused on sovereign debt in the Global South. An examination of cosmopolitan theory and moral hazard are at the center of that work. My interest in egalitarianism also includes work on gender. I am interested in the relationship between gendered preferences and equality of opportunity.
Other interests include democracy and the history of political thought. I have investigated the application of ancient Greek ideals of freedom to contemporary democracy. I have also explored the ideal of Aristotelian self-development understood as a social right. Concretely, my book explores a right to "Aristotelian leisure" as a condition of full citizenship. The book includes heated discussions on the justification of welfare rights on the one hand; and the conditions of human flourishing, on the other. Finally, it highlights the connection between my interests in welfare state ethics, theories of justice, and the classics.
Complementing research focuses on the role of the Western work-ethic and the relationship among employment, substantive freedom, and free-riding. My work on the meaningful leisure ideal entails discussing the justness of taxation schemes designed to finance social policies that would distribute leisure democratically, not only among the "aristocratic few." This democratic impetus is not without its own egalitarian critiques. My work attempts to provide a satisfactory response to those critiques thereby speaking to the vast political theory literature on the conditions of full social and economic citizenship in liberal democracies.
My research is characteristic for applying political theory to social issues of contemporary concern while invoking perennial ideas in the history of political thought such as self-development, liberty, and fairness. For a more detailed description of my work go to "Publications." For insights into my current and future projects please visit the "Work in Progress" section of this page