I'm a social and political philosopher. I work on cultural heritage, human rights, international criminal law and where the three intersect.Get in Touch
I am finishing up a PhD thesis at the St Andrews and Stirling Joint Programme in Philosophy in which I provide a conceptual framework for treating obligations to preserve cultural heritage as human rights. The project is motivated by a practical concern. In recent years, global institutions like the UN and UNESCO have increasingly treated obligations to preserve cultural heritage as obligations to uphold human rights. Owing to the relative novelty of this approach, little work has been done to see what exactly such rights would be and how this treatment of cultural heritage could be justified. I am also independently interested in what cultural heritage is in the first place and how we should understand its value.
I focus on ways in which cultural heritage destruction could plausibly be prosecuted as a violation of international criminal law. I am particularly interested in the question of whether and under what circumstances could cultural heritage destruction be prosecuted as a genocidal act.
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a variety of undergraduate classes over the last several years, both as a teaching assistant and as an independent instructor. Here’s a list of them.