Matthew completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Virginia. He specializes in contemporary political philosophy and applied ethics, and he also works on topics ranging from Plato's late political philosophy to food aesthetics.
At the moment, Matthew's work focuses on developing a new nonideal theory of justice. This theory hinges on an innovation termed "nonideal principles of justice." These principles, which are forged using a contractualist framework, help us to tackle exigent topics. For example, they specify the conditions under which affirmative action is just.
Matthew is starting a new research project that defends access to free healthy food as a way of ameliorating different types of injustice. He argues that like free healthcare it could improve public health and equality of opportunity. Furthermore, using case studies such as the Bohra community kitchen in Mumbai, he suggests that providing food has significant political potential: in a communal setting it can nurture solidarity and diminish gender-based inequalities, given that the burdens of preparing food disproportionately fall on women.