Law, Ethics, and Political Philosophy

Research Projects and Interests

I have several different research projects, most of which overlap considerably. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

  1. My doctoral project was on John Rawls’s idea of public reason and some of the implication it raises in multicultural states. I am heavily engaged with multicultural critiques of Rawls’s work and the limitations his framework places on deliberative democratic discourse. I instead favor a more integral approach to public disputes that loosen the restrictions of public reason in the interest of showing more substantive respect for persons and greater equality for diversity of views. I am currently working on a book manuscript that explores the potential of a non-contractarian integrity approach to institutional design of divided societies. I will post up early drafts as I complete them.

  2. I have developed a strong interest in western criminal legal theory, responsibility and punishment. This is an offshoot of a project I began mid-way through my doctorate where my interest in hate crime legislation and enhanced punishment came together with my wider interest in multicultural liberal theory. I have published several papers on this topic, and continue to work on a new paper focusing on the homeless and social justice. I am working on a draft that explores recent legislative trends targetting homelessness and their justificatory status in liberal constitutional states.

  3. I have been fortunate enough to have had great exposure and research in government related ethics. I am co-author of a recently published book on Ethics and the Public Service. This is a textbook for students of public policy and administration wishing to learn more about ethical conduct (e.g. political neutrality, conflicts of interests, ethical theories, anti-discrimination and whistleblowing) and public service. I am now exploring various other areas of practical ethics including environmental ethics, business ethics and (as a side personal interest) video game ethics.