I am a philosophy professor at California Baptist University. My Ph.D. in Philosophy is from the University of Southern California.
Lance up. Fight on.
Fall 2021, I am teaching Logic, Applied Ethics, and Intro to Philosophy. I'm also teaching Ethics and Philosophy in Kinesiology, a graduate course for CBU's Master of Science in Kinesiology program.
Office: Business Building, Room 245
Office Hours: TBD
At USC, I worked with John Hawthorne, Gabriel Uzquiano, Shieva Kleinschmidt, and Jeffrey Sanford Russell. Most of my research is in metaphysics: questions about mereology, location, spacetime, material objects, persistence, vagueness, and modality. My other main area of research is in epistemology. I'm also very interested in logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of physics, philosophy of religion, applied ethics, and the history of Western philosophy (especially Plato and the medievals).
I have spent the last eight summers teaching philosophy and logic for Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth. CTY philosophy and logic courses are intensive college-level 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 regularly 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!
Other Pages: Google Scholar, PhilPapers