I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department and the at Chapman University in Orange County, California. I am also an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University.  From 2014-2018, I was a Lecturer (Continuing) in Philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

I specialize in political philosophy, normative ethics, and decision/game theory and its applications to ethics and political philosophy. My research focuses on the relation of individual practical rationality to social rules as well as the way those rules are organized into systems of norms and institutions. I am especially interested in how recent work in moral psychology and experimental economics can inform our understanding of how to improve our institutions of self-governance.

Recently I have also been working with my colleague Toby Handfield in philosophy and several collaborators in Economics including Lata Gangadharan, Klaus Abbink, and Erte Xiao on how “bad norms,” such as norms of anti-social punishment and honor codes develop, stabilize, and change. Other collaborators include Gerald Gaus, Julian GarciaDavid Schmidtz, Kevin Vallier, Chris Freiman, and Keith Hankins

My work has been published in:

  • Nature Communications 
  • The American Journal of Political Science 
  • Philosophical Studies
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Synthese
  • Human Nature
  • The Journal of Moral Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Social Philosophy & Policy
  • Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
  • The European Journal of Philosophy
  • The Adam Smith Review
  • several edited volumes.

Some of my recent publications can be found here. I have also written about bargaining theory, the social contract, democratic theory, public reason, egalitarianism, justice, Epicurean political theory, Adam Smith, and social evolution.

You can contact me at Thrasheriv<at>chapman.edu