About

About Me

I'm a Midwesterner by birth and moral instincts. I grew up in St. Louis and went to college at the University of Notre Dame. Once I realized that academia would be more conducive to my flourishing than law school, I went on to do a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I taught for three years at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland before joining Georgetown's philosophy department in 2002.

I work mostly in virtue ethics, Kantian ethics, and the space in between. I also dabble in bioethics and other areas of practical ethics. Having once aspired to be Miss Manners, I often find myself writing about various philosophical dimensions of etiquette. In 2020, this turned into a subspeciality on the ethics and etiquette of Covid-19. You can find out more about my research by clicking on the above links.

My husband and I live in Maryland with our daughters and two exuberant dogs. Insofar as I have hobbies, they include knitting (badly), baking (well), and gardening (middling). I played middle linebacker on my college interhall football team. I admit to minor obsessions with Jane Austen and Harry Potter. I am a 2016 graduate of the Icelandic Elf School.


To find out more about my work, click on the tabs. If you're really bored and want my entire CV, feel free to email me at kes39@georgetown.edu.