I am an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University (ANU). I work on issues in philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and ethics in both mainstream and Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions. I also have research interests in epistemology, philosophy of action and ancient Greek philosophy.

Funded by an Australian Research Council Early Career Discovery Award (DECRA), my current research creates dialogue between Indian Buddhist philosophy and emotion research about the nature of fear, anxiety, and their cognitive and social regulation. I am also co-editing a book on Buddhism and Animal Ethics (under review), and authoring a book on Varieties of Buddhist Views on No-Self (under contract). See below for details of some of my current projects and my research page for links to my publications.

Buddhist Ethics
and Moral Epistemology

I have research interests in Buddhist ethics, meta-ethics, and moral epistemology. Recent work explores the implications for moral responsibility of the Buddhist view that there is no self (2022). I have published on Buddhism and Animals Ethics (2017) and am co-editing a book on Buddhism and Animals Ethics with Geoffrey Barstow (under review); my chapter comparatively explores Kantian and Buddhist approaches to animals. I critically explore the meta-ethical possibilities and limits of Madhyamaka Buddhism (2011, 2015, 2018). I also explore issues about ethical agency when contextualised in Pramāṇavāda Buddhist epistemology (2010) and in dialogue with classical Chinese Confucianism and Daoism (2011a, 2011b)

Fear and its regulation:
An interdisciplinary study

Funded by an ARC DECRA grant, I am writing an interdisciplinary book aimed at creating dialogue between Indian Buddhist philosophy and emotion research about the nature of fear, anxiety, and their cognitive and social regulation. I have so far published three articles from this project: Fear is Anticipatory: a Buddhist Analysis (2023), The Paradox of Fear in Classical Indian Buddhism (2021), Śāntideva and the moral psychology of fear (2019) as well as a popular media article, Can we Reinvent Ourselves? A Buddhist View (2018). I also discuss some of my current thinking about fear in the context of my overall body of work in an interview published as Taking Refuge: Buddhist Perspectives on Fear (2023)

Buddhist Philosophy of Mind
in Dialogue with Science

My research increasingly focuses on Buddhist philosophy of mind in dialogue with science. Some recent work explores Buddhist arguments for idealism (2018) and for the reflexive self-awareness of consciousness (2018). I critically discuss the limits and possibilities of interdisciplinary engagement between Buddhism and science (2020), and explore the potential of treating the Buddhist commitment to karma and rebirth as a pragmatically "useful fiction" (forthcoming 2024). I also have a forthcoming piece (2024) showing that the Buddha anticipates Pascal's Wager in several important respects and provides the earliest textual evidence of dominance reasoning.