From Disability Theory to Practice
Human Rights, Disability, and Capabilities
Disability and Justice

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I am Professor & Chair of Philosophy at Utica University, a small private liberal arts institution located in Upstate New York.

Although my work largely consists of discussions of distributive justice with a particular emphasis on egalitarianism & disability, I also engage in applied ethics debates surrounding the experience of disability.

I am the author of two short books that focus on disability and justice: “Disability & Justice: The Capabilities Approach in Practice” (2014) and “Human Rights, Disability, & Capabilities” (2016), and am the editor of another book: “From Disability Theory to Practice: Essays in Honor of Jerome E. Bickenbach” (2018). At the moment, and amongst other projects, I have a a few books under contract with Routledge. The first is a book titled "The Ethics of Assisted Dying" (2023), and the second is "The Ethics of Disability" (2024). The third is an edited collection with Jerome Bickenbach titled "Disability & Death" (2023).

Prior to coming to Utica University, I was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal, and Teaching Fellow of Philosophy at Queen’s University at Kingston, where I received my PhD.

In 2020, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Hastings Center in New York and in 2016, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Fondation Brocher in Hermance, Switzerland.

In 2018, I was the recipient of the 44th Dr. Virgil Crisafulli Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2021, I was awarded the Harold T. Clark Jr. Award for Distinguished Faculty Scholarship and Professional Accomplishment, both at Utica University.

In 2018, I testified in front of the New York State Assembly Committee on Health concerning the Medical Aid in Dying Act, A2383a/S3151a. In 2022, I was an expert witness in the Delaware House Health & Human Development Committee concerning the Ron Silverio/Heather Block Delaware End of Life Options Act (HB 140). Also in 2022, I testified in the Connecticut General Assembly Public Health Committee on Senate Bill No. 88: An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients.

This website offers a relatively comprehensive listing of my publications and projects (although many are omitted to ensure anonymity for the peer review process). I am happy to share copies of my work or to discuss works in progress.

Finally, while I have not yet conducted Nelson Riddle’s orchestra, been a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force, or bitten a police officer in Indiana, I am still young.