My research is situated on the borders between ethics, political philosophy and economics. Some of my recent publications go into paternalism, the role of preferences in economics and the ethics of nudging. If you can understand Dutch, you can hear more about my research in this interview.
I am currently working on several manuscripts related to the ethics of nudging and online manipulation (with Viktor Ivankovic, Thomas Nys and so on).
EDUCATION & CAREER
I have studied both philosophy and international relations at the University of Leuven (Belgium).
In 2007, I graduated 'magna cum laude' with my PhD on 'Rationality and Institutions: The Normative Implications of Rational Choice Theory' at the University of Leuven.
From 2007 until 2014, I worked at the University of Leuven as a postdoc and as an Assistant Professor.
Together with Alfred Archer (Tilburg) and Alan Thomas, I am working on a book manuscript on ‘The Moral Psychology of Inequality’, funded by the Templeton Foundation via St. Louis University.
I am also the team leader of a research project (2019-2022) titled 'The Role of Emotions in Exemplar Interventions for Academic Character Building', funded by he Templeton Foundation via Wake Forest University. The other team members are Alfred Archer, Anne Reitz, Jelle Sijtsema, Joanne Chung and Theo Klimstra.
Since 2014, I have been at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), where I teach courses on social, political and moral philosophy. I have been an Associate Professor here since April 2020.
I am a member of TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science), the coordinator of our service teaching (philosophy courses in non-philosophy programs) and the program director of our philosophy Master program.