As a philosopher, my primary interests revolve around individual rights, and, specifically, the right against punishment. As a lawyer, I have extensive professional experience within the institutions of the criminal law (such as the court system and prisons), the methodologies of punishment, and constitutional criminal procedure. As a philosopher/lawyer, these interests intertwine around questions about political authority, law’s normative force, and the possibility of a social order without law. My work focuses on the role of rights in response to assertions of state authority, and whether law and the political process provides adequate opportunities for just allocations of those rights between the often-conflicting interests of individuals and communities.
I am currently working on answers to the problems of mass incarceration, the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, and differential punishment. I also have abiding interests and scholarship efforts in 19th-20th century German philosophy in general, and Nietzsche studies in particular.
I have presented my work at academic conferences in the United States (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New York, Tennessee, Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC), Canada (Toronto and Montreal), Italy (Florence), and the Netherlands (Amsterdam).
I also enjoy writing about contemporary culture, music, and art.
Some of my work is available on my Academia.edu page.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
“The Philosophy of Werner Herzog,” Society for the Philosophical Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Group Session Panel Discussion of The Philosophy of Werner Herzog, eds. Christopher Turner and M. Blake Wilson (Lexington Books [Rowman & Littlefield], under contract for 2020 publication), American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting (forthcoming April, 2020).
“Creating a Faculty Road Map for Successful Pre-Law Programs (Or, Advising the CSU Way),” Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, 2019.
“Decarceration in California: How a Plurality of Political Agents Are Changing Criminal Justice in the Golden State,” Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2019.
“Introduction” and “Refections from the Abyss: Herzog’s Lesson of Darkness,” in The Philosophy of Werner Herzog, eds. Christopher Turner and M. Blake Wilson (Lexington Books [Rowman & Littlefield], under contract for 2020 publication).
“Examining the effects of psychiatric symptoms, brain injury symptoms, and low self-control on the placement of inmates in administrative segregation and their risk for suicidal ideations,” Chintakrindi, S., Cappelan, J., Porter, J. R., Gupta. S. & Wilson, M.B. (forthcoming Crime & Human Behavior, 2019).
“When Police Kill: Public Perception and Police Liability,” Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2018.
“From Black Market to Supermarket: Glimmers of Justice in California's New Cannabis Codes,” Social Justice in the Central Valley Conference, California State University, Stanislaus, 2017.
“From Crime to Commerce: Negotiating the Morass of California’s ‘New’ Marijuana Industry,” Western Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA, 2017.
“What’s So Private About Private Property” Colloquium Session, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, 2016.
“Ton Corps est a Toi: The Rhetoric of Selves and Their Owners,” Metaphors in Use: The Third Annual Lehigh University Philosophy Conference, Bethlehem, PA, 2015.
“The Exception Proves the Rule: The Crisis of Constitutional Rights,” panelist for “Pluralism and Consensus,” European Consortium for Political Research, Montreal, Canada, 2015.
“Zarathustra’s Highest Hope: Nietzschean Revenge and Restorative Justice,” Beyond Bars: The Future of Prisons, University of Memphis, 2015.