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. I fantasize about becoming a member of the Grolier Club.
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. I recently 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.)
I’m also trying to branch out from academic writing into both nonfiction and fiction aimed at more public-facing audiences. I’m a (student) member of PEN America.
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. In 2019 I will join them for a week of riding in the Dolmites.
Bees and beekeeping first showed up on my radar back around 2007, when I first learned about Colony Collapse Disorder. But it was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam Trilogy that revealed fully my destiny; I was to become a beekeeper. While I’ve had honeybees for about two years, I’m finally taking beekeeping classes with the NYC Beekeeping Association in 2019.
Finally, movies. I love them. Going to Sundance in 2016 was a life highlight and I am returning in 2019 (though as, shall we say, “memorable” as getting up at 4am to stand in line for tickets was in 2016, ideally my triumphant return will be paired with enough money to buy a pass).
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.