Research Interests: Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics
Dissertation Title: Coercion: What Makes It Wrong and Grounds Its Effects
My dissertation examines coercion’s wrongfulness and perceived incompatibility with consent, promise making, and the other ways that individuals can change what others are permitted, entitled, and obligated to do. I argue that coercion's normative features are grounded on the intentions of those who issue coercive proposals, not the effect that the proposals have on their recipients. After developing this account, I consider its implications for U.S. criminal law practices, such as plea bargaining.