About

Patrick in Seattle, 2012

Welcome! I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society, having received my PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle in August 2013. Before studying at UW, I spent three years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My work is on social and political philosophy, with a special focus on the concept of domination. I am currently working on turning my dissertation, which investigates whether and how global governance institutions may rightfully exercise coercive power over states or their citizens, into a book. I was born and raised in Chicago, returning to my hometown to teach high school before graduate school.

Outside of philosophy, my great loves are hockey and film. Beyond that, I have the unfortunate honor of being a Cubs fan. Perhaps as a result, I've been known to tour wine country, whether it be Washington or California.

Feel free to explore my site and contact me if you have any questions.