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About

I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University at Albany, State University of New York. During Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 I’ll be a visiting scholar at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE) at Université de Montréal.

I work primarily in ethics and moral psychology on the topics of promising, trust, rationalization, and self-deception. My recent work appears in Ethics, Philosophical Psychology, Ratio, the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.  See my Research page for links to published and forthcoming papers. You can also listen to a short snippet I did for public radio’s Academic Minute or watch a recent talk on YouTube.

From 2008-2009 I taught at the Harvard Writing Program, and from 2000-2001 I taught at the Zhejiang University of Science and Technology.  In 2002 I worked as a research assistant at the University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics.  I completed a BA from Yale (with distinction in philosophy) in 2000 and a PhD from Brown in 2009.

My wife, Shadi Khadivi, creates things that are beautiful and functional.  My son, Cyrus, prefers disassembly. My daughter, Sara Simone, has yet to decide.

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