Honorary Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

I am a philosopher. The concept of responsibility occupies centre stage in my scholarly pursuits, which span across the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. My approach is analytic and empirically-informed, and my past work has devoted equal attention to tackling conceptual, normative, metaphysical and practical problems. For example, I have written about such topics as the different meanings of the term “responsibility”, the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioural genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, and whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have de-prioritised access to public health care resources and to organ transplants.

In mid-2007 I obtained my PhD in philosophy of tort law from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, with a dissertation entitled “Responsibility, Compensation and Accident Law Reform”. From late 2007 until early 2016 I was affiliated with the Philosophy Section at Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands. Initially, as a postdoc working on Dr Gert-Jan Lokhorst’s neurolaw research project entitled “The Brain and The Law”; and then as chief investigator of the international research project “Enhancing Responsibility: the effects of cognitive enhancement on moral and legal responsibility”. From February 2011 until July 2013 I was a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia working on a project entitled “Reappraising the Capacitarian Foundation of Neurolaw”. From August 2013 until December 2016 I was an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA.

I returned to Sydney, Australia, in 2017, and I am currently teaching philosophy at Macquarie University. I am also writing a book entitled Outsmarted: Cognitive Enhancement and the Unexpected Consequences of Emerging Technologies funded by The Enhancing Life Project, as well as organising a workshop about gendered violence online with Dr Emma A. Jane from the University of New South Wales.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience, Georgia State University
  • 2011–present
    Chief Investigator, Enhancing Responsibility Project, TU Delft
  • 2014–present
    Research Affiliate, Macquarie University
  • 2011–2013
    Research Fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2007–2011
    Postdoctoral Researcher, TU Delft
  • 1999–2007
    PhD Student, University of Adelaide
  • 2006–2006
    Lecturer, University of Auckland
  • 1993–1998
    Undergraduate Student, La Trobe University
  • 1994–1994
    Undergraduate Student, University of New South Wales