My academic research focuses primarily on work, leisure, play, and economic democracy. A majority of my work focuses on questions of workplace democracy, the democratization of investment, labor justice, and the meaning of work and play. Broadly speaking, I am interested in critiques of capitalist relations as sites of domination and alienation as well as how we can creatively imagine post-capitalist alternatives. Most recently, I have written about these questions in relation to digital labor and post-work.
In response to the domination and alienation in capitalist work, I am currently exploring the importance and value of play. While the concept of play is often associated with childhood, play is an important component of meaningful living in all stages of life. I suggest that play is not an activity but rather a way of being in the world that, among other things, privileges the pursuit of intrinsic value over mere instrumentality. In relation to work, I argue that for work to be unalienated it must be playful. This has important implications for the distinction that Marx draws between the realm of necessity and the realm of freedom - between the time spent producing our basic needs and the time for free, creative activity beyond our needs. I therefore believe that play ought to be asserted as one the key components of a post-capitalist vision of the good life.
I am also interested in prefigurative politics, or the creation of desired future social relations and economic alternatives in the here-and-now. In essence, prefigurative politics is about "building the new world in the shell of the old". Prefiguration requires us to think about political resistance in terms of a moral coherence between means and ends. Most recently, I have discussed prefiguration in relation to economic democracy and the possibility of a post-work future.
Finally, I am interested in how absurdity and playfulness are important for thinking about the search for meaning in our lives.
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“Post-Work as Post-Capitalist: Economic Democracy for a Post-Work Future.” In Debating a Post-Work Future:
Perspectives from Philosophy and the Social Sciences, eds., Denise Celentano, Michael Cholbi, Jean-Philippe Deranty, and Kory Schaff. New York: Routledge. (forthcoming).
"Digital participatory democracy: A normative framework for the democratic governance of the digital commons."
“Owning the Future of Work.” In The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies, ed., S. A.
Hamed Hosseini, James Goodman, Sara C. Motta, Barry K. Gills, pp. 387-399. New York: Routledge, 2020.
"Technocapitalism, the Intangible Economy, and Economic Centralization."
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 19, no. 1-2 (2020): 32-44.
"Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the God/Useless Divide.”
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 16, no. 6 (2017): 700-716.
“ChatGPT, DALL-E 2 and the collapse of the creative process.” (with Nir Eisikovits). The Conversation.
January 12, 2023.
“American workers feel alienated, helpless and overwhelmed – here’s one way to alleviate their malaise.”
“Did You Get the Memo? Marx, Alienation, and Office Space.” Blog of the APA. Teaching and Learning Video
"Examining the Sacrificial Economy of Digital Capitalism." Radical Philosophy Review 24, no. 2 (2021):