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About

I’m an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After finishing my PhD in June 2011 at UC Santa Barbara, I began a 3-year position in the Philosophy Department at Monash University in Australia. This was cut a year short, however, to start at UAB in August of 2013.

icon-teachI teach a range of philosophy courses, but at UAB my regulars are Contemporary Moral Issues (PHL 115), Bioethics (PHL 116), and Ethics: Theories of Good and Evil (PHL 315). I occasionally teach seminars, which usually cover current debates in moral psychology or neuroethics. Read more…

icon-rsrchMost of my research is in ethics and epistemology, focusing on questions that intersect with the sciences of the mind (e.g. in neuroethics). I’m interested in what goes on in our heads when we think about what to do and what to believe.

Recent articles of mine have appeared in Philosophical Studies, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and the Spindel Supplement of the Southern Journal of Philosophy. The latter is connected with the Spindel Emerging Scholar Prize I received for my paper “Egoism, Empathy, and Self-Other Merging.” Read more…

icon-otherSome other professional activities include serving as Assistant to the General Editors at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (which I completely redesigned in 2009 and updated in 2014) and editing several categories for PhilPapers. In July of 2014, I participated in a summer seminar on Moral Epistemology at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, similar to summer seminars I’ve previously attended (one on Big Questions in Free Will at Florida State University and another on Perceptual, Moral, and Religious Skepticism at Purdue University). Read more…