Research Interests

  • Character and cognitive science

  • virtue theory and ancient philosophy

  • Ethical issues in biotechnology


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2006)

  • M.A. in Philosophy, University of Montana (1999)

  • M.A. in Liberal Studies, Georgetown University (1996)

Recent Publications

  • “Hell is For Children? The Violence of Inculcating Hell” with JPiven in The Philosophy of Hell (forthcoming 2015, Palgrave Macmillan). 

  • “Rehab? Foucault Say No, No, No” with SWaller in Orange is the New Black and Philosophy (forthcoming 2015, Open Court).

  • 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think [entries for Polyphony, Millennialism, Flying Buttress, Transubstantiation, Ontological Argument for God's Existence, Scholasticism, Abolitionism, Courtly Love, Five Proofs of God's Existence, Doctrine of Double Effect] (2013, Simon and Schuster).

  • “Shawn’s Hocus Pocus Hokum: On the Morality of Deception” in The T.V. Show Psyche and Philosophy (2013, Open Court).