I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California Baptist University. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California.
Fall 2019, I'm teaching PHI213 - Intro to Philosophy:
Most of my research is on contemporary debates in metaphysics: questions about mereology, location, space and time, material objects, persistence, vagueness, and modality. My dissertation explores what it is for a material object to be located in spacetime. At USC, I've worked primarily with John Hawthorne, Gabriel Uzquiano, Shieva Kleinschmidt, and Jeffrey Sanford Russell.
My other main research interest is in epistemology. However, I have lots of other interests in philosophy: the history of Western philosophy (especially Plato and the medievals), applied ethics, logic (especially higher-order logic), philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion (especially philosophical and analytic theology).
I am a longtime philosophy and logic instructor for Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth (this summer will be my 8th year). CTY philosophy and logic courses are intensive college-level summer courses for intellectually advanced junior high and high school students (each course is three weeks long and eight hours a day). Talking to teenagers about philosophy for eight hours a day might sound terrifying, but it is actually one of the highlights of my year. Working alongside teenagers as they grapple with philosophical questions for the first time is incredibly rewarding.
I also teach philosophy at the Santa Fe Springs Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program with the Prison Education Project, the largest volunteer-based prison education program in the United States. Many inmates have been rejected by teachers, family, and friends. A study funded by the US Justice Department found that prison education reduced recidivism by 43%. Let me know if you'd like to get involved!
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