PhD – The Graduate Center, CUNY, Philosophy, June 2020
Areas of Specialization: Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics
Areas of Competence: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Philosophy of Race and Gender; Philosophy of Science
BA – Pomona College, Philosophy, May 2012
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
“Luck Egalitarianism Without Moral Tyranny.” (forthcoming) Philosophical Studies.
“Explanation, Justification, and Egalitarianism.” (forthcoming) Synthese.
“Does Initial Appropriation Create New Obligations?” (2020) The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 17(2): 228-38.
“An Anarchist Interpretation of Marx’s ‘Ability to Needs’ Principle.” (2020) The Journal of Value Inquiry. 54(2): 325-43.
“Community as Socialist Value.” (2019) Public Affairs Quarterly 33(3): 215-42.
“Social Anarchism and the Rejection of Private Property.” (2021) in The Routledge Handbook of Anarchy and Anarchist Thought, edited by Gary Chartier and Chad Van Schoelandt, Routledge.
Honors and Awards
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2019–2020)
A one-year fellowship awarded to 67 fellows (out of over 1,000 applicants) to support them as they complete their dissertation.
Humane Studies Fellowship (declined)
A grant awarded to support scholarship on topics relating to classical liberalism and libertarianism. Declined because of a conflicting fellowship.
CUNY Dissertation Completion Fellowship (declined)
A one-year fellowship awarded to select graduate students to support them as they complete their dissertation. Declined because of a conflicting fellowship.
The Center for Ethics & Global Politics Graduate Fellowship (2018–2020)
Awarded to select graduate students who are able to represent the Center and who are doing notable work in political philosophy.
Adam Smith Fellowship (2018–2019)
A grant awarded to graduate students who participate in a program promoting engagement with prominent libertarian political economists.
Semi-Finalist, Center for Education and Ethics Essay Competition (2018)
Awarded to the 10 best essays (out of over 60 submitted) addressing an important issue in educational policy and/or practice.
Graduate Student Stipend (2018, 2016)
A small grant awarded to graduate students who have a presentation accepted at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division Conference.
CUNY University Fellowship (2014)
Supplemental grant awarded to select incoming students who demonstrate special philosophical potential.
CUNY Graduate Center Fellowship (2014)
Five-year fellowship covering tuition, fees, and providing a bi-annual and monthly stipend.
W. T. Jones Prize in Philosophy (2012)
Recognizes a Pomona College graduating senior who exhibits special talent in the pursuit of philosophy.
Course Instructor - Brooklyn College, 2017–2018
Undergraduate course averaging 35 students per section. Fall 2017 (1 section), Spring 2018 (1 section).
Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy
Course Instructor - Brooklyn College, 2015–2017
Undergraduate course averaging 35 students per section. Fall 2015 (1 section), Spring 2016 (1 section), Fall 2016 (1 section), and Spring 2017 (1 section).
Critical Theories and Politics
Guest Lecturer - The Dalton School, 2017–2018
Led small group discussions on libertarian views of initial appropriation and anarchist strategies for social change.
“You Own Yourself and Nothing Else,” presented at American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, 2021, the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics (GISME) workshop, 2021, and the Trinity Centre for Justice and Values Works in Progress Workshop, 2021.
“When ‘Enough and As Good’ is Not Good Enough,” presented at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Conference, 2021.
“Social Anarchism and the Rejection of Private Property,” presented at the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Society Annual Meeting, 2020. Presentations at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference and North American Society for Social Philosophy Annual Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.
“Justification, Explanation, and Egalitarianism,” presented at the Joint Trinity College Dublin/University College Cork Philosophy Colloquium, 2020 and MANCEPT Workshops, 2019.
“Initial Appropriation and Duty-Creation,” presented at the North American Society for Social Philosophy Annual Conference, 2019.
“Community as Socialist Value,” presented at the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Society Annual Meeting, 2019.
“Legitimacy, Consent, and Initial Appropriation,” presented at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, 2018 and the North American Society for Social Philosophy Annual Conference, 2018.
“Rescuing the Community Principle,” presented at the North American Society for Social Philosophy Annual Conference, 2016.
“Rescuing Equality from the Demand for Justification,” presented at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, 2016.
Mark Jensen, “Meta-obligations and the Disparate Power of Negative Objection and Positive Proposal: A Case Study in the Morality of Markets,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, 2019. (Available here).
Dustin Crummett and Philip Swenson, “Gun Control, the Right to Self-Defense, and Reasonable Beneficence to All,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, 2018. (Available here).
Australasian Journal of Philosophy – reviewed papers as part of the blind peer review process.
Journal of Social Philosophy – reviewed papers as part of the blind peer review process.
Peer Mentoring Program 2017-2019 – mentored first-year PhD students to help them navigate graduate school and begin the process of professionalization.
Democratic Socialists of America Political Education Committee – developed and implemented a variety of educational programming introducing DSA members and non-members to socialist political philosophy.
Public Facing Work
Mutual Exchange Radio - “Jesse Spafford on the Libertarian Case Against Property Rights.” (podcast interview)
The New Inquiry – “Beyond Belief,” “Just the Facts,” “Dissatisfaction City,” “The Esoteric Whodunit,” “The Selfless Man.”
Racism Review – “White Supremacism as Meme: How Reddit is Breeding a New Generation of Violent Racism,” “Dark Arts: Stormfront, Lacan, and White Supremacy.”
Cyborgology – “Scientific Digital Dualism,” “Destabilizing Digital Dualism.”