Suzie Kim is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Politics. Her research interests are theories of personal autonomy, preference formation and rational choice, and state paternalism. In my dissertation, I examine under what conditions state interventions that promote personal autonomy in processes of preference formation are justified. Given that human preferences are formed within a particular normative environment, the question arises when a liberal state may be justified in intervening to create an environment that is particularly better for the individual to shape own values and preferences. Specifically, I am interested in state regulations aimed at promoting the individual's ability to control her preference formation in the media, child education, and pharmaceutical drugs. Suzie graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy and economics from Rice University and holds an M.Phil degree from the University of Cambridge in Political thought and Intellectual history.