I’m Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, I have taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the City College of New York, the Graduate Center-CUNY, and at Swarthmore College. My areas of research are philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy. I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University and my A.B. from Princeton University.
My book Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility has been awarded the Frederic W. Ness Book Award by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and selected as Princeton President Eisgruber’s Pre-Read for the Class of 2025.
I discuss the book on the Hidden Brain podcast.You can also learn more at The Atlantic, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, New York Daily News, Times Higher Education, Princeton Alumni Weekly, Public Books , Forbes, and Vox.
My paper Grit, cowritten with the brilliant Sarah Paul, was selected by the Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best philosophy papers published in 2019. Reasoning under Scarcity was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy‘s 2017 Best AJP Paper Award. In 2017, I was also awarded the inaugural American Philosophical Association’s Scheffler Prize. During the 2015/2016 academic year, I was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellow at the Princeton Center for Human Values.
I’m an area editor for Ergo and Philosophy Compass and a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Hispanics. When I’m not teaching, researching, or snuggling with my daughter, I engage in public philosophy. I have been a guest ethicist on Pickle, a WNYC podcast for kids; interviewed for The Atlantic, Inside Higher Education, PBS, and IAI news; and written pieces for Aeon, The Philosophers’ Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Daily News. I was born and grew up in Lima, Peru where I attended Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Many thanks to Joann Huang for this photo.