My research agenda explores the ethics of educational policy and practice through two primary lines of inquiry: one grounded in philosophy and one utilizing a mixed methods approach to educational ethics.

Currently, I consider the intellectual and democratic aims of education in The Good University: Excellence and Ethics in the Pursuit of Inquiry—a project funded through the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin­. I take a social virtue epistemological approach to exploring the aims of higher education institutions and to justifying inclusion. This project builds on my doctoral work at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where my dissertation—Education and the Open Mind—investigated open-mindedness as an intellectual virtue and the role of open-mindedness as an intellectual and democratic aim in education.

I also explore ethical questions in higher education through empirical, mixed methods research. As part of the Emory Integrity Project, I investigate the ethical development of college students and the efforts of institutions of higher education to advance ethics education. Prior to joining the Center for Ethics at Emory, I was a Research Associate in the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC) at Stanford Law School. At the SCJC, my work in the ethics of higher education focused on access to high-quality college programs for currently and formerly incarcerated people in California, as part of the Renewing Communities: Pathways from Corrections to College project.

You can read more about each of these projects. Paper links and abstracts are available here.