I completed my BA in philosophy at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and then an MA in philosophy at University of Miami in Miami, Florida. My thesis at Miami concerned verificationism among the pragmatists William James, FCS Schiller, and CS Peirce ("Uselessness and the Classical Pragmatists: Pragmatic, Metaphysical, and Semantic Verificationism in James, Schiller, and Peirce"). My studies at Miami focused on classic pragmatism, philosophy of science, and epistemology.
I entered the PhD program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington but left the program in 2009 without completing a dissertation. During this time my interests shifted to moral philosophy. From 2009 to 2015 I taught extensively at Pierce College in Washington State and then at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia as well as for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. In the fall of 2015 I returned to complete my doctoral work at the University of Maryland.
My research is directed toward two topics within moral philosophy and, in particular, areas where the pair overlap:
(1) Along with Dan Moller and Christian Tarsney, I work on problems associated with practical reasoning under conditions of moral/normative uncertainty;
(2) Along with Samuel Kerstein, I work on issues concerning Kantian Ethics and Kantian Metaethics.
“Mill’s Proof of Utilitarianism”, Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, Edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone. First Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Pp. 32-34. Published 2011.
“James’ Will to Believe”, Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, Edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone. First Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Pp. 223-228. Published 2011.