I am a philosopher who works on contemporary moral, political, and social philosophy. I am interested in ethical puzzles that arise when we can make the world better only by working together, in climate ethics, and in how to justly live together in an ideologically, religiously, and culturally diverse society.
I work as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, where I have also set up and am directing the MA Programme in Philosophy & Economics. Prior to coming to Vienna, I have been Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, visiting researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin, and lecturer and organising tutor in philosophy at Lincoln College and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
I received my doctorate from the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling, and have also conducted doctoral research at Princeton and Oxford. Before my PhD studies, I received an M.Litt. in philosophy from the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling, and a B.A. equivalent in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Kiel.
During my studies In Kiel, I also worked as a research assistant in climate science and economics. At the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, I developed analysis software to study tropical cyclones (speak: Hurricanes) and other extreme weather events in climate model data. At the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, I contributed to a research project on wage inequality by surveying technical economics papers on modelling. I now approach ethical topics concerning society, the economy, and the environment from the perspective of philosophical ethics.
I am also a "Vertrauensdozent" (academic contact) of the scholarship programme of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Among other things, this means that if you are a student or (aspiring) PhD student at a German university or of German nationality, you can ask me about scholarships that may be available for you from the German state via this foundation.
The picture on the right shows "my" desk in the library in Edgecliffe, the mansion which houses the department(s) of philosophy at St Andrews. On a clear day, one can see the snow-capped Cairngorm mountains in the far distance. I have heard people report they saw dolphins from here, but have never seen them myself. Maybe I have studied too much and looked too little.