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Ph.D. in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 2019 (Expected)

Dissertation: "No Laughing Matter: Play and a Good Life" | Chair: John Lachs; Advisors: Jeffrey Tlumak, Robert B. Talisse, Kelly Oliver, Christian B. Miller

Fulbright E.T.A., Bochum, Germany, 2011-12

M.A. in Philosophy, University of Houston, 2011

Thesis: “The Psychological Nature of Virtue and the Unity of the Virtuous Life” | Chair: Cynthia Freeland; Advisors: David K. Phillips, S. Tamler Sommers

B.A. in Philosophy (Minors: Religious Studies, German), St. Edward’s University, 2009

Summa Cum Laude in the Honors Program | Thesis: “On Why Film Cannot Be Philosophy” | Advisor: Peter A. Wake

Research Areas

AOS: Ethics (esp. Virtue Ethics & Bioethics); Moral Psychology

AOC: Metaethics; Philosophy of Art; Ancient Greek; 19th Century German

Representative Scholarship

The Backfire Effect and Political Psychology,” Syndicate Philosophy (17 April 2018).

What Race Terms Do: Du Bois, Biology, and Psychology on the Meanings of ‘Race’,” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 34, no. 1 (Jan. 2018): pp. 235-47.

"From Taquería to Medical School: Juan Carlos, Aristotle, Cognitive Enhancements, and the Good Life," Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol. 22, iss. 1 (2018): pp. 1-27.

"The Friends of Sisyphus: Or, the Meanings Relationships Give Us," 3 Quarks Daily, 27 Nov. 2017.

"Let Us Tell Our Own Stories," The Chronicle of Higher Education, published online 17 September 2017.

Reasons to Care about Reasons for Action: A Response to Paul S. Davies,” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 32, no. 2 (July 2016): pp. 43-8.

Swain offers misguided interpretations,” The Tennessean, Letters to the editor, 30 May 2016.

Artistic Stuff

Micro fiction at 50-Word Stories

"What Drives a Man," Dime Show Review, 6 May 2017.

"There," Sci Phi Journal, 21 April 2017.

"Purge," Sorin Oak Review, St. Edward’s U’s Creative Journal, Volume 17 (2007), p. 64.

University Teaching Experience

Intro. to Ethics | Intro. to Philosophy (Thematic Focuses on "The Arts of Living and Dying" and "Friendship") | General Logic | Bioethics and Biotechnology (one-hour section)

Representative Presentations and Lectures

“What Race Terms Do: Du Bois, Biology, and Psychology on the Meanings of ‘Race’,” Southwestern Philosophical Society 79th Annual Meeting, Baylor, 5 Nov. 2017.

“No Laughing Matter: Play and a Good Life,” 3 Minute Thesis, Vanderbilt, 31 March 2017. Slide. YouTube (Time stamp: 33 min, 26 sec).

“Naturalism in Neo-Aristotelian Virtue Ethics: What It Is and Why It Matters,” Tennessee PA Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt, 31 Oct. 2015

“Quinean Naturalism without Quine: Using Virtue to Naturalize Ethics,” Virtue Ethics Through the Ages, University of Missouri—St. Louis, 6. Mar. 2015

“Virtue Ethics and Cultural Diversity: Objectivity, Eudaimonia, and the Virtues,” Poster Presentation, U of Houston Honors College, 3 May 2011

"Art Then and Now: The Public and Moral Roles of Art," Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, St. Edward's U, 11 Apr. 2008

"Understanding the Phenomenon and Aesthetic of Horror," 16th Annual Ronald E. McNair Scholars National Research Conference and Graduate School Fair, Delvan, WI: Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel & U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 3 Nov. 2007. Presented previously at: 8th Annual U of Incarnate Word Ronald E. McNair Research Symposium, 7 Sep. Presented previously at: Ronald E. McNair Symposium, U Notre Dame, 2 Aug. 2007.

Full CV and references available upon request.