In September of 2020 I started as a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (yee-haw!). I’m currently working with Joseph Millum and thinking about the relationship between population ethics, reproductive healthcare, and priority-setting. I presented “How *not* to count the health benefits of family planning” at the Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities’ (IBHH) Reproductive Ethics Conference back in April of 2021, and I presented a follow-up at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ annual conference in October. The paper that grew out of those presentations was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics in December. Joe and I are now working on the next leg of our research project, which will explore how *to* count the health benefits of family planning. I’m also the Department’s *official* Tea Tsar.
During my senior year at the Elliott School of International Affairs, I worked as a teaching assistant and peer mentor. I co-taught a course for first-year students with Jonathan M. Walker on professional development, academic preparedness, and ethics.
Before that, I devoted eight months to working as a researcher and ethicist for ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company. Here’s some more information about that experience:
- I spent around 60% of my time as lead researcher on the D.C. Lab’s public finance project. Our team worked on using blockchain technology to improve access to and efficiency within the municipal bond market.
- I spent around 30% of my time working on ethics issues. My biggest accomplishment was convincing our Solutions team to adopt a more ethical and risk-conscious business selection framework.
- I spent the remainder of my time writing about the world of blockchain for internal and external audiences. Check out my article on the moral dilemma posed by the presence of “death pools” on Augur, a decentralized prediction market protocol.
Earlier in my college career, I worked as an ethics intern for Lockheed Martin Corporation at their corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. I revamped their Gift Decision Tree and investigated the integration status of nearly 200 legal entities into their corporate ethics program. Though that experience was valuable, I have no intention of doing further work for the armaments industry.
I’ve also worked as a research intern for the Hudson Institute, an overnight camp counselor for North Star Camp for Boys, and a sales associate for Uncle Dan’s Outfitters.