Social Contract Theorist

I am proud to have joined Penn's Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program as the associate director during the summer of 2015. My research focuses on questions central to social contract theory, particularly on defending the approach against structural challenges and investigating accounts of moral motivation. This dovetails with my role as associate director of the Penn Social Norms Group, Penn SoNG, with its mission of bringing a researched, practical theory of social norms to those working to improve people's lives by improving the social context of their world.

Penn SoNG Website is live!

Very proud to have worked with Cristina Bicchieri, Peter McNally and Sez Guilian on the Penn Social Norms Group’s newly launched website! It looks great! Click the logo to check it out:

Happy Holidays Team!

It’s always a pleasure to work with our large (and growing!) team in PPE, Penn SoNG and MBDS!

PennSONG analyzes social norms around corruption

I’m very proud of PennSONG, and in particular Raj Patel, for our contribution to Chatham House’s recent investigation into corruption in Nigeria.

I highly encourage you to go read the executive summary & recommendations – or better yet, just read the whole thing!

Want to read more? As always, feel welcome to check out our publicly available research in the Scholarly Commons at:


Congratulations 2017 PPE Grads!

Thanks to everyone for another amazing year! Our class of 2017 was our largest cohort yet, with 115 graduates. The number of students earning honors doubled. We had 10 inductees to Phi Beta Kappa. But more important than the accolades, thank you for all the genuine and unique personal dedication and inspiration. It’s been an both an honor and a pleasure working with all of you!

Congratulations PPE Honors Students!

It’s always exciting to see the culmination of months of hard work as all the honors theses are submitted at the end of the year. I’m particularly proud of all of the Honors students who presented their research at the first PPE Student Research Poster Session, and thanks to everyone who came out!

Penn Together

Proud to stand with fellow students, staff, and faculty in solidarity against the vicious, racist attacks against our community.


Congratulations to all PPE Graduates

I want to thank everyone for an exciting and successful first year in the program! From your help on new initiatives and outreach to interesting chats over coffee, it’s been wonderful to be a part of your experience. And for everyone still around, next year sets up to be exciting as well with a new website, new study abroad opportunities, and a concerted push to help spread the word on the impressive research you’re planning!


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