I am specialized in ethics and social and political philosophy and my work focuses on contemporary normative political philosophy and it mostly explores the topic of justice and diversity. My main research explores toleration and the religious dimension of diversity in contemporary Western societies. Starting from liberal theories of justice, it critically assesses the view that the state ought to be secular I order to properly address the challenges raised by this dimension of diversity. In my PhD dissertation, Open Secularism and the New Religious Pluralism, supervised by Will Kymlicka, I developed a liberal conception of political secularism in an attempt to answer the core challenges raised by the new religious pluralism. I argued that “open secularism”, by emphasizing accommodation of religious diversity within shared public institutions, adequately promotes liberty, equality and social cohesion. I was awarded the C.G. Prado Thesis Prize for the quality of my dissertation. I completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at University College London, where I joined a new research centre directed by Cécile Laborde. I participated to the activities of the Religion and Political Theory Centre (RAPTc) where I conducted research on secularism and neutrality and on the relation between freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Several legal scholars also participated in the activities of the RAPTc and my contributions gave an important place to North-American and European jurisprudence on religious liberty. I am now pursuing my research project on secularism and religious freedom, under the supervision of Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and Political Theory, at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ), Université de Montreal, where I also teach philosophy of law.
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