I am an Assistant Professor in the philosophy department at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2013 I completed my PhD in philosophy at Princeton University. I was advised by Michael Smith and Thomas Kelly. For more on my academic heritage, see this page. Prior to starting at Penn, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Franklin & Marshall College.
My main interests are in ethical theory, epistemology, and the philosophy of action. Lately I've become seriously interested in several debates in aesthetics and moral psychology. Issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind are also intimately connected to my work. My dissertation was a systematic defense of the claim that what it is to be rational is to correctly respond to the normative reasons you possess. I am currently revising the dissertation in order to publish it as a book. For more information on that project, see this page. Before coming to Princeton, I received an MA from the philosophy department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before going to the Great Plains, I graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and political science.
To find out more about my work—past, present, and future—see the work page. A CV (in pdf format) can be found by clicking on the button below.
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Last Updated: July 30th, 2015