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Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy, Temple University



Affiliated Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Temple University



Affiliated Professor of Global Studies, Temple University



Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania




University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D. in Philosophy, September 2016

Dissertation:                 War and Peace: Towards a Theory of Just Peace

Committee:                   A.J. Julius (Chair), Barbara Herman, Calvin Normore, Aslı Bâli


University of Southern California School of Law

J.D., May 2004


University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Legal Studies, July 2001



Areas of Specialization

Pacifism and Just War Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy


Areas of Competence

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Race



“The Problem with Preparing to Kill in Self-Defense,” Journal of Applied Philosophy (forthcoming)


“Narrowing the Gap Between Anti-Militarism and Pacifism,” The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence 23, no. 1/2 (2023): 104–109


“Talking to Children About War,” Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence 1, no. 1 (2023): 52–64


“Trust and Contingency Plans,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 52, no. 7 (2022): 689–699


“Hoping for Peace,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 98, no. 2 (2020): 211–221


“Pacific Resistance: A Moral Alternative to Defensive War,” Social Theory & Practice 40, no. 1 (2018): 1–20



“Fight Till the End? How to Think About Losing a Defensive War” (under review)

“What is the Aim of a Just War?” (under review)

“Civic Solidarity”



APA’s Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize (awarded biennially for best unpublished essay on philosophy of war and peace)

          for “What is the Aim of a Just War?”, December 2021

Marc Sanders Foundation Public Philosophy Prize, Honorable Mention, “Talking to Children About War,” November 2018

Yost Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA Philosophy Department, 2010–2011


“Judging Violence”

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, Social/Political Philosophy Workshop, July 2023

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Normative Philosophy Workshop, July 2023

“Surrender and Defensive War”

Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (co-hosted by Pellissippi State Community College), October 2023

University of Kansas, PRISM Workshop, May 2022

“Trust and Contingency Plans”

APA Eastern Division Meeting (virtual), January 2021

Center for Humanities at Temple (“CHAT”), December 2019

“Solidarity and Justice”

Manchester Centre for Political Theory (“MANCEPT”) (virtual), The Uses of Solidarity, September 2021

Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference (virtual), Peace and Hope in Dark Times, January 2021

“#MeToo and Feminist Solidarity”

The Wharton School, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Zicklin Center Normative Business Ethics Workshop, May 2019

“Hoping for Peace”

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University (co-sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy, West Point), Warsaw, Historical, Legal, Political and Ethical Aspects of Contemporary Military and Nonmilitary Conflicts, March 2018

University of Utah, The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy, June 2017

Northwestern University, Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (“NUSTEP”), March 2017

“The Value of Trust”

Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference, August 2017

“Trust and Implicit Bias: Corporate Responsibility for Confronting Non-Actionable Discrimination”

INSEEC Business School, Paris, Transatlantic Normative Business Ethics Conference, May 2017

 “Peace as a Trusting Relationship”

Northern Arizona University Colloquium, November 2015

“On the Justness of Defensive Wars”

APA Pacific Division Meeting, April 2015

Northwestern University, NUSTEP, May 2013



On Max Khan Hayward’s “Yes We Can! Optimism, Cooperation, and the Rationality of Collectively Self-Fulfilling Beliefs”

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Philadelphia Normative Philosophy Conference, October 2023

On Jill Hernandez’s “Atrocity, Speech, and the Cancel Culture Debate”

Trinity College Dublin, Legal Philosophy Workshop, June 2023

On Ned Dobos’ Ethics, Security, and the War Machine: The True Cost of the Military

APA Eastern Division Meeting, Montréal, Author Meets Critics, January 2023

On Emily McGill-Rutherford’s “Feminist Political Liberalism as a Model for Relational Autonomy”

University of Utah, The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy, June 2017

On Wendy Salkin’s “Democracy Within/Justice Without: The Duties of Informal Political Representatives”

University of Utah, The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy, June 2017

On Amanda Greene’s “Political Legitimacy and the Value of Consent”

Princeton University, Princeton Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy, August 2014




Women and War: Feminist Perspectives              


Sex and the Political (mixed-level course)            

Political Violence                                                       



AAPIs in the U.S.: Race, Diversity, and Identity     

Intro to Feminist Philosophy: Sex Discrimination

Ethics of War and Peace (upper division course) 

Police and Police Brutality (upper division course)

Sex and the Political (upper division course)         

Corporate Responsibility and Ethics                       

History of Greek Philosophy (upper division course)

Aristotle’s Metaphysics (upper division course)        



Dissertation Committees

Jason Cutmore, Formation and Formlessness: On Bildung’s Pertinence and Prospects Today

Manasa Gopakumar, Virtuous Ignorance: The Epistemic Value of Ignorance in a Non-Ideal World

Eli Israel, on trust and sexual consent (in preparation)

Daniel Remer, Medically Objectifying Bodies: Feminism, Power, and Objectification in Medicine

Yining Wu, Anne Conway’s Vital Motion

Caleb Zimmerman, on conscientious objection (in preparation)


Other Graduate Advising

Peter Chansky (MFA in Playwrighting), TBD, Independent Study (Spring 2024)

Alex Paparella, on feminist critiques of nonviolence, Preliminary Exam (Fall 2023)

Julie Cohen (Political Science), “Narrative Resistance Across Black, Indigenous and Palestinian

Contexts: Toward a Radical and Political Imagination,” Independent Study (Spring 2023)

Bryce Herndon, “Radical Hope and Climate Change,” Preliminary Exam (Fall 2022)

Sakura Shinjo (Political Science), Comprehensive Exam in Political Theory Committee Member (Fall 2020/Spring 2021)

Yining Wu, “Solidarity and Violence,” Preliminary Exam (Fall 2021)

Manasa Gopakumar, “Epistemologies of Ideology and Ignorance,” Independent Study (Spring 2020)

Caleb Zimmerman, “Two-Kingdom Dualism: A Metaphysical Grounding for Nonviolence,” Preliminary Exam (Fall 2019)

Jessica Brown, “Sexuality Under Capitalism,” Preliminary Exam (Fall 2019)


Undergraduate Advising

Julia LaFrance, Diamond Peer Teachers Program for "Introduction to Feminist Philosophy" course (Fall 2024)

Micah Jordan, on relational identities and Asian immigrant mothers and their Westernized daughters, Independent Study (Spring 2023)

Emily Beatty, “Choice Feminism and the Patriarchal Hermeneutics of Sexual Relationships,” Independent Study (Spring 2020)



General Education New Instructor Orientation, Temple, August 2023

Workshop: Inclusive Teaching and our AAPI Students at Temple, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, November 2021

Online Teaching Certification, Temple University, May 2020

Workshop: The Promising Syllabus, Temple Center for the Advancement of Teaching, August 2018

Workshop: Teaching Undergraduate Writing, UCLA Writing Program, September 2014

Teaching Assistant Training Program, UCLA, Fall 2013

Pedagogy Seminar, UCLA Philosophy Department, Fall 2008



Organizer: Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, Public Issues Forum on “Doing Philosophy with Children,” U. Penn., November 2023

Panelist: Future Faculty Fellows (to mentor women and graduate students of color), Temple University, February 2023

Panelist: Diversity in Philosophy, Franklin and Marshall College, February 2020

Mentor: Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy, 2018–2019          

Journal Referee: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence, Journal of Social Philosophy, Noûs, Philosophia, Social Theory & Practice



A.J. Julius                                          

Associate Professor of Philosophy         



Barbara Herman

Professor of Philosophy



Cheyney Ryan

Director, Human Rights Program

Senior Fellow

Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford


Victoria McGeer

Professor of Philosophy

Australian National University


Senior Research Scholar

University Center for Human Values, Princeton University


Alan Strudler 

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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