I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. This year, I am also a Graduate Associate at Perry World House.

I primarily work in political philosophy. Under the supervision of Kok-Chor Tan, Brian Berkey, and Samuel Freeman, I am writing a dissertation about the migration and integration of refugees and displaced people. This project explores three questions:

  1. Should the right to refugee status in international law be extended?
  2. What is the nature of integration, and what obligations do refugee-hosting states have to facilitate integration?
  3. What is the nature of the right to family reunification for refugees?

The inspiration for my dissertation topic came from working with Oxfam GB and Refugee Council (UK) over the summer of 2017 on the role of UK family reunion laws on refugee integration and sense of belonging. It is very important to me that my philosophical work is responsibly informed by immigrant and refugee testimony, relevant empirical research, as well as ongoing discussions in humanitarian policy and international law circles.

I recently participated in an interview about the first chapter of my dissertation, a version of which is now available in Law and Philosophy. The interview can be found online here.