Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies
Research areas: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Race
I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. My interests range widely, but I have written quite a bit on matters related to contemporary art and on aesthetic experience in everyday life. I am currently completing Immaterial: A Philosophy of Contemporary Art (under contract with Oxford University Press), in which I argue for a view of the ontology of contemporary artworks and demonstrate the view’s relevance for art appreciation and museum practice. My edited collection Body Aesthetics (Oxford, 2016) is a multi-authored collection that treats the aesthetics of the body in relation to social justice, art, evolutionary theory, race, gender, disability, sexuality and sport.
I have a strong interest in the philosophy of race, in which I regularly teach an undergraduate course. My current research in this area pertains to the role of images, particularly moving images of police violence, in promoting or undermining racial justice.
I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy Compass, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.