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

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

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

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

Academic Publications

Artistic Publications

Public Scholarship

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.


German (Advanced), Attic Greek (Intermediate), Spanish (Intermediate)

Full CV and references available upon request.