I'm a writer and researcher in Durham, NC.
I work with Dan Ariely in the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, 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, Felipe De Brigard, and my good friend Paul Henne. Right now, I'm working on projects involving how we make judgments about moral obligations, 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. I'm particularly proud of pieces I've had in The New Republic and The New York Times. I give the occasional talk about veganism, and I play bass in a punk band.
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 I currently live in Durham, NC, where 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.