I am a PhD candidate in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.
I mostly work on contemporary debates in metaphysics and epistemology. My research in metaphysics explores questions about mereology, location, space and time, material objects, persistence, vagueness, and modality. I am finishing a dissertation on the relationship between matter and spacetime, working primarily with John Hawthorne, Gabriel Uzquiano, Shieva Kleinschmidt, and Jeffrey Sanford Russell. Part of my dissertation defends a new theory of what it is for a material object to be located in spacetime. My research in epistemology explores a number of questions about inferential knowledge.
I am also very interested in applied ethics. In particular, I have been working on the ethics of killing.
Some of my other main interests include the history of Western philosophy, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion.
I am also a longtime philosophy and logic instructor for Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth (I've just completed my 7th consecutive summer). 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 just finished teaching an introductory ethics class at 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.
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