I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Northeastern University and the Associate Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program. In 2016-17, I am a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow at the New York University School of Law Center for Law and Philosophy. I attend the Colloquium in Legal, Political, and Social Philosophy and work full-time on my book, Duty to Disobey: Revisiting Political Obligation.
Before joining Northeastern, I was an Assistant Professor at Clemson University (in upstate South Carolina). I received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University, a M.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University, a Master 2 in Ethics and Politics from Université Paris IV Sorbonne, and a B.A. (Licence and Maîtrise) from Université Paris X Nanterre.
I specialize in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of law, and my areas of competence are in bioethics, neuroethics, and feminist theory. My primary research is on citizens' moral obligations under conditions of injustice--or what you might call the 'real world'. I defend the existence of moral duties to resist injustice, including through civil and uncivil disobedience, and I have begun to explore other forms of resistance, such as government whistleblowing and hacktivism. I have also been working on the neuroethics of sexual re-orientation.
Every semester starting in the Fall 2017, I'll be teaching one course in Political Science and one course in Philosophy/PPE. You can go here to find my course syllabi and a guide for my students, Philosophy for Beginners.
I was born in Cannes and grew up in Cagnes-sur-mer, a little town outside Nice, France, known among other things for its medieval castle, Auguste Renoir's home, and its world championship of "boules carrées" which is a game of pétanque with cubes (or "square balls" as the Cagnois, with their penchant for oxymoron, call them) that is played on a steep slope. On the left is a passion fruit flower, which grows wild in the South of France.
Whenever I go home, I indulge in socca, brocciu, and Provence rosé. Here in Massachusetts, I love running with my dog Clementine (around this pond), swimming (across that pond), cooking up storms, mixing cocktails, complaining about the weather, and feeling incredibly lucky to be paid for doing what I love. I am also a happy (and busy) mother of twin toddlers. They like elephants, cows, and firetrucks.