I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at NYU. Before NYU, I earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA, summa cum laude.
Prior to law school I worked on Google’s Global Ethics and Compliance team for three years. After law school I clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit, Diane P. Wood. I was then a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and a Faculty Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (where I was previously a Fellow). Immediately prior to starting at NYU I was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. For four years I’ve also been a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, a free online copyright course offered under the auspices of Harvard Law School. I’ve also spent short amounts of time at the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook, Keker & Van Nest, and Jenner & Block’s Washington D.C. office.
I’m a lover of books (collecting, book and publishing culture, book history, books-as-objects, etc.) and am a 2018 graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (“CABS”). I highly encourage all other bibliophiles to attend. As of March 2019, I am a member of the Grolier Club. In June 2019, I attended my first course at the Rare Book School at UVA. I also tabled for/sold on behalf of The Second Shelf at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Fair.
While I’m best described as an omnivorous book collector (the intellectual promiscuous always are), my primary collection concerns American women philosophers, where “philosopher” is broadly defined. My long-term goal is to build a library equivalent in size and influence to Lisa Unger Baskin’s phenomenal collection about the history (dating back to 1240!) of women working, which is now at Duke [see it here]. If you have any materials that in any way touch on American women philosophers and are looking to re-home them, please get in touch. I can promise to digitize and make them available to the world – as all these materials should be. My second collection traces American aesthetics and aesthetic thought. I’m especially interested in (1) its role/integration in everyday life; (2) how it hooks up with views on work, and; (3) in later periods, consumption.
My love of books also extends to reading (my Goodreads profile is here and you can see my 2018 Reading Challenge progress here and the list of my 2017 readings here), and I gladly give and receive reading recommendations. During the summer of 2018, I went on a week-long reading and walking pilgrimage in South England that was centered on Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (one of my all-time favorites); it was probably the most meaningful week I’ve ever had. The Boston Globe interviewed me about the experience here. (To learn more about secular pilgrimages and the value of carving out time for the sacred and embracing earnestness, see Common Ground, which is run by Vanessa Zoltan, co-host of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast.)
Calligraphy (be it doing it myself, learning about the history of historical scripts, and/or admiring various specimens protected under UV-resistant glass) is also a favorite hobby. In the summer of 2018 I spent a week taking a masterclass with the Queen of American calligraphy, Sheila Waters and her son, Julian Waters (I got in while being about as far from a master as you can get by sheer luck of circumstance). I also attended IAMPETH 2014 (IAMPETH = The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting). In October 2019 I will attend John Stevens’ Cheerio Workshop where I will, once again, be engaged in an exercise of artistic humility.
I’m also a long-time cyclist (road). While at UCLA I was on the triathlon team and when working at Google was a proud member of SF2G. As for longer and multi-day rides, in addition to a number of century rides, I’ve done San Francisco to LA (during the AIDS Ride), Fort Bragg to San Francisco (during the Heather-will-now-attempt-biking-alone-for-multiple-days-and-discover-it’s-a-bit-lonley Ride), and the Solvang double century (one day, 200 miles). I also completed the Death Ride. Nothing has ever tasted as good as the Cup o’ Noodle and regular coke I had at an aid station after summiting the fourth climb, and that’s saying something. I’ve also ridden around Glacier and from Glacier to Yellowstone (while camping every night!) with The Cycling House, the very best cycling tour company around. During the summer of 2019 I will join them for a week of riding in the Dolomites!
Bees and beekeeping first showed up on my radar back around 2007, when I first learned about Colony Collapse Disorder. But I’m going to be honest: it was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam Trilogy that sealed my destiny; I was to become a beekeeper. While I’ve had honeybees for about two years, I finally took beekeeping classes with the NYC Beekeeping Association in 2019. I now (gods willing) will take care of my bees in Somerville.
I used to be a big Yelp! reviewer until they retroactively took away my elite status for the previous year when I failed to write enough reviews to merit elite status the following year. This experience also goes some way toward explaining my interest in property, as does a story involving Neopets circa 2003 that I’ll save for another time. At one point I had the highest score on Galaga at the Westwood Arcade; it was a big deal.
My publication and presentation page can be found here.
My CV is here.