I’m Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Philosophy with a secondary appointment at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, I have held positions at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the City College of New York, the Graduate Center-CUNY, and 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.
I’m interested in how poverty and social class shape our agency. My book Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility focuses on the ethical sacrifices that first-generation and low-income students make in pursuing upward mobility. It was awarded the Frederic W. Ness Book Award by the Association of American Colleges and Universities , selected as Princeton President Eisgruber’s Pre-Read for the Class of 2025, and the Grawemeyer Award in Education. 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.
I have received a number of awards: the American Philosophical Association’s Scheffler Prize, the Australasian Association of Philosophy‘s 2017 Best AJP Paper Award, and 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. I’ve been a Laurance S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellow at the Princeton Center for Human Values.
I’m an area editor for Ergo and Philosophy Compass and an elected member-at-large of the American Philosophical Association’s Board. I was born and grew up in Lima, Peru where I attended Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt.