I am an economist and philosopher. My research is in moral and political philosophy. I am primarily interested in questions of distributive justice and questions about the structure of value that debates about distributive justice give rise to, in particular about desert and wellbeing.
I am currently based at Utrecht University, where I work as postdoctoral fellow on a research project entitled Private Property and Political Power in a Liberal-Democratic Society, led by Prof. Dr. Rutger Claassen, and funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). My subproject focuses on individual property, in particular property-owning democracy schemes. I think the notion of property in debates about property-owning democracy is undertheorised and am working on a paper in which I argue that a new, more politicised conception of property is emerging in them. I am also working on a paper in which I argue that automation provides an additional argument for property-owning democracy.
I obtained my PhD from Tilburg University on 7 January 2020. My project was supervised by Dr. Bart Engelen, Prof. Dr. Maureen Sie, and Prof. Dr. Serena Olsaretti. The examiners were Prof. Dr. Wim Dubbink, Dr. Anca Gheaus, Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Moriarty, and Prof. Dr. Ingrid Robeyns. In my PhD thesis, I analyze the relevance of the concept of desert for contemporary theories of distributive justice. I argue that it is time for desert to make a comeback in these debates. I claim that many of the objections that have been raised against desert, inter alia by John Rawls, do not apply to all plausible conceptualizations of desert.
I have a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht (2011, cum laude), an MA in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (2013) and an MSc in Philosophy and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015, cum laude).
During my first master’s, I spent a semester at Sciences Po Paris (2013). During my PhD, I spent a semester at the Philosophy and Law research group at Pompeu Fabra University (2016), on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Serena Olsaretti, and the Philosophy Department of Yale University (2018), on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Shelly Kagan. During my postdoc, I am spending a term at Worcester College and the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University (2020), on the invitation of Dr. Zofia Stemplowska.