Meeting with Stan State pre-law students and CSU Trustee Jane Carney, October 2018

Meeting with Stan State pre-law students and CSU Trustee Jane Carney, October 2018


My teaching interests revolve around issues related to practical ethics; in particular, my teaching aims at understanding how law – and criminal law in particular – operates as a concrete social practice through the use of law enforcement, courts, and the criminal justice system overall. Law, in this sense, is applied ethics: it is the tool that translates social values into generally applicable norms of behavior. My pedagogy asks students to explore the foundations of law through courses in normative and applied ethics (including business, professional, and environmental ethics), social and political philosophy (including courses in philosophy of law, philosophy of crime and punishment, and economic and social justice), and, when appropriate, in logic and critical thinking courses as well.  

My ideal students are interested in how law directs – and is directed by – persons making contested claims to various social goods such as property, rights, or justice. Because these contests raise serious moral questions, my ideal students are also concerned with the legitimacy of authority, force, and punishment.  My present teaching assignments incorporate key readings in criminal law, constitutional theory, ethics, and general jurisprudence. I enjoy teaching courses in philosophy and criminal justice as well as courses directed to the students of law – political philosophy, criminal justice, and pre-law studies, for example – who will put theory to practice as members of the legal profession. These courses bridge legal theory and legal practice by investigating new approaches to contemporary issues such as mass incarceration, informational privacy, and differential punishment.  

Death Penalty Lecture, Spring 2018

Death Penalty Lecture, Spring 2018


  • Critical Examination of Criminal Law (Graduate Seminar)

  • Moral and Political Philosophy

  • Moot Court

  • Theory of Crime and Punishment (Graduate Seminar)

  • Jurisprudence, Law, and Society

  • Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice (Graduate Seminar)

  • Legal Research and Writing I & II

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Ethics

  • Success Strategies in Criminal Justice

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Capital Crimes and the Death Penalty

  • Criminal Procedure

  • Criminal Judicial Process

  • Criminal Justice

  • Philosophy of Crime and Punishment

  • Class Action Litigation

  • Law and Justice

  • Methods of Reasoning

  • Logic

  • Descartes, Hume, and Kant

  • Environmental Ethics

  • Comparative Religion