Sam Preston is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. He works primarily in ethics and metaphysics. In his dissertation, Sam offers an original account of blame, and uses that account to shed light on punishment and desert. He argues that blame and punishment are more deeply interrelated than philosophers have often thought, and that facts about moral desert are grounded in facts about the norms governing blame and praise. Apart from his dissertation, Sam writes on metaphysical explanation, law, and intentional attitudes like intention, belief, trust, and certainty. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.