I'm a writer and first year graduate student in Psychology at Yale University.
I work with Molly Crockett and I'm broadly interested in ethics, policy, and the cognitive sciences. I focus particularly on areas that intersect with philosophical questions, and I collaborate frequently with philosophers like Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Felipe De Brigard. I've been working on projects involving how we make judgments about moral obligations, how and when other people's moral judgments influence our own, and whether "ought" implies "can." I'm also a freelance writer, contributing mostly to The Daily Beast, and I'm particularly proud of pieces I've had in The New Republic and The New York Times. I play music in a few bands here and there.
In 2012, I graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Yale University, where I studied a lot of philosophy and nonfiction writing. I grew up in a small town in rural, upstate New York, and spent five years in Durham, NC after graduating, where I worked with Dan Ariely at the Center for Advanced Hindsight. After spending time in the south, I've grown to appreciate string porch lights, meditation, and mason jars. I've recently started collecting vinyl records, and I spend my free time reading, drinking tea, and trying to figure out how to live with less stuff. My parents emigrated from Romania, and I care about animal welfare and fighting poverty.
I have a rescue dog, Toad, who is great.
A more thorough catalog of my research and writing is available at the respective links at the top, and you can contact me for any reason at vladimir dot chituc at gmail dot com. I promise I'll write back. If you're interested in reading my thoughtful and measured commentary, please avoid my twitter account.