I am a JD/PhD candidate in Philosophy at Harvard University. I completed my law degree in 2014, and I will defend my dissertation on political etiquette in May 2020.
I specialize in social, political, and moral philosophy, and applied ethics. I also teach philosophy of law, philosophy of race, feminist philosophy and logic.
Some social norms, such as table-setting conventions, are morally neutral. Others, such as pronoun choice, are morally charged. My dissertation offers an analysis of a category of morally charged social norms that I call political etiquette. I propose that we understand political etiquette as a system of conventions whereby we assure members of vulnerable groups that they can expect treatment in accordance with their rightful status. My account partially vindicates political etiquette’s claim to moral force, but also sheds light on its limitations. I argue that some of these limitations can be ameliorated through widespread acceptance of my interpretation of political etiquette.