Professor Alec Walen got his B.A. from University of Maryland, his Ph.D. In Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. from Harvard. He came to Rutgers in 2010 with an appointment in Law (Camden), Philosophy (New Brunswick) and Criminal Justice (New Brunswick). His primary interests are in the limits of what is morally permissible, and is working on a theory of rights and a view about the moral relevance of intentions to permissibility. He also is interested in applying these ideas in the legal realm, focusing in particular on criminal, constitutional, and national security law. He is currently writing a book (under contract with Oxford University Press), the working title of which is "Detention in a Liberal State."