I am a professional philosopher of science. My research concerns foundational concepts in cognitive science, especially cognition, mechanism, and representation. This project, like many of my philosophical interests, involves trying to clearly describe human intellectual and behavioral practices with an eye toward their rationality or effectiveness. You can read more about my research here.
As a teacher my emphasis is on the acquisition of philosophical skills through guided practice. My teaching is guided by the slogan that Philosophy is hard, but worth learning to do well. Philosophical skills are valuable to students with many interests and backgrounds, and should be central in any well-rounded liberal arts education.
I grew up in Northeast Ohio, and I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. I received my B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 2008, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Now I live in Fort Worth, Texas where I work, befriend neighborhood animals, and indulge in other hobbies. I travel when I can to Dublin in order to spend time with my partner and the WEXD team. Photographs on the site are mine, unless otherwise credited.