I am a PhD candidate in philosophy at Princeton University and a member of the Program in Classical Philosophy.
I specialize in ancient philosophy, especially ancient ethics, politics, and epistemology. My dissertation, supervised by Benjamin Morison and Hendrik Lorenz, investigates sophia (wisdom) in Plato and Aristotle. I also have a serious side-interest in ancient skepticism, particularly Sextus Empiricus's Outlines of Pyrrhonism.
Outside of classical philosophy, I'm interested in social and political philosophy, especially the philosophy of race and feminist philosophy. In the fall of 2019, I was a visiting student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Before joining Princeton's department in 2016, I earned my B.A. in philosophy at Wellesley College.
I was born and raised in New York City. When I'm not doing philosophy, I enjoy propagating succulents, making pinch pots, and practicing Ashtanga yoga.
You can contact me at cyau [at] princeton [dot] edu.