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

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

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

Summa Cum Laude in the Honors Program

Thesis: “On Why Film Cannot Be Philosophy” | Advisor: Peter A. Wake

8 Areas of Specialization

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

Areas of Competence

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

Academic Publications

Artistic Publications

Public Scholarship

Teaching Experience

  • Intro. to Philosophy (Thematic Focus: The Arts of Living and Dying), Vanderbilt University, Fall 2016
  • General Logic, Vanderbilt University, Spring 2016
  • Intro. to Philosophy (Thematic Focus: Friendship), Vanderbilt University, Fall 2015
  • Bioethics and Biotechnology (one-hour section), Vanderbilt University, Spring 2015
  • Critical Thinking, Summer Institute for College Bound St. Louis, 2013 & 2014
  • Science, North Plains Opportunity Center, Dumas, Texas, 2012-13
  • Instructor of Technology, St. Edward’s University’s Department of Instructional Technology, 2005-09

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

  • “No Laughing Matter: Play and a Good Life,” 3 Minute Thesis, Vanderbilt, 31 March 2017. Slide. YouTube (Time stamp: 33 min, 26 sec).
  • “How to Write a Philosophy Paper,” Vanderbilt Writing Studio, 21 Oct. 2016
  • “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
  • “How to Be a Stoic in Three Easy Steps,” Guest Lecture in Dr. John Lachs’ Intro. to Ethics, Vanderbilt, 18 Feb. 2015
  • “Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis/Profiling and Ethics,” Guest Presentation, Schiller-Schule, 7 May 2012
  • “Utopian and Dystopian Themes in English-Language Literature,” Guest Presentation, Schiller-Schule, 30 Jan 2012
  • “Virtue Ethics and Cultural Diversity: Objectivity, Eudaimonia, and the Virtues,” Poster Presentation, U of Houston Honors College, 3 May 2011
  • “The Psychological Nature of Virtue and the Unity of the Virtuous Life,” Public Thesis Defense, U of Houston Dept. of Philosophy, 22 April 2011.
  • "Student Research in Philosophy of Art", University of Houston Effective Teaching Practices Showcase, U of Houston, 22 Apr. 2010, Co-Presented with Dr. Cynthia Freeland
  • “Hume and Bourdieu on Taste: Classifying Art or the Classifier?” Guest Lecture in Dr. Cynthia Freeland’s Intro. to Philosophy and the Arts, U of Houston, 27 Oct. 2010
  • “Monsters and Psychopaths: Noël Carroll’s Art-Horror and Cynthia Freeland’s Realist Horror,” Guest Lecture in Dr. Cynthia Freeland’s Intro. to Philosophy and the Arts, U of Houston, 20 Sept. 2010
  • “From Bentham to Mill; or, From Mere Pleasure to Eudaimonia,” Guest Lecture in Dr. Tamler Sommers’ Intro. to Ethics, U of Houston, 18 Feb. 2010
  • “On Why Film Cannot Be Philosophy,” St. Edward’s University Honors Thesis Symposium, St. Edward’s U, 24 Apr. 2009
  • “Hegel’s ‘Art Religion,’ Danto’s ‘End of Art’ and Delvoye’s ‘Cloaca,’” Guest Lecture in Dr. Peter Wake’s Aesthetics, St. Edward’s U, 19 Feb. 2009
  • “Giordanos ‘Das Experiment,’” Presentation in Dr. Kerstin Somerholter’s German Film, St. Edward’s U, 26 Jan. 2009 (Presented in German)
  • "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.
  • "Wicked Tenants Through the Eyes of Mark and Thomas," Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, St. Edward's U, 13 Apr. 2007

Conference Commentaries

  • On John Bengson, Terence Cuneo, and Russ Shafer-Landau’s “Are Moral Intuitions Trustworthy? Some Reidian Reflections,” Social Political Thought Workshop, Vanderbilt, 19 Nov. 2015
  • On Paul S. Davies, “Giving Reasons for What We Do: Integrating Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience,” Southwestern Philosophical Society 77th Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt, 7 Oct. 2015.
  • On John R. Fitzpatrick’s Starting with Mill, Tennessee PA 47th Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt, 31 Oct. 2015.
  • On Emily McGill’s “The Unwelcome Implications of Feminist Strong Substantive Autonomy,” Tennessee PA 46th Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt, 25 Oct. 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderbilt University Department of Philosophy First Year Teaching Award, 2015
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellowship, 2014-19
  • University of Houston Department of Philosophy Teaching Assistantship, 2009-11
  • St. Edward’s University Presidential Award, 2009
  • St. Edward’s University Honors Program, 2005-09
  • St. Edwards’ University Holy Cross Scholar, 2005-09
  • Valero Scholarship Trust, 2005-09
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, 2005-09
  • St. Edward’s University Dean’s List, 2005-09
  • St. Edward’s University Dean’s List Scholarship, 2006-09
  • Recognizing All Valuable Employees Award at St. Edward’s U, 2008
  • Ehrenauszeichung, German Summer School, University of New Mexico, 2008
  • Lilian Cervenka Scholarship (Outstanding philosophy student), St. Edward’s U, 2007-08
  • Research Award, University of Notre Dame McNair Scholars Program, 2007
  • Moreau House Collegiate (Lived with Congregation of Holy Cross), 2006-07


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

Other Service and Accomplishments

  • Article Reviewer, American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal, 2010 - present
  • Graduate Student Representative, U. of Houston Dept. of Philosophy Hiring Committee, 2010
  • Co-coordinator, Graduate Discussion Group in Matters Philosophical, U of Houston, 2010
  • St. Edward’s U Philosophy Club (Organizer for film discussions and grad. school prep.), 2005-09
  • Associate Editor, Arete (St. Edward’s U’s Undergraduate Academic Journal), 2006-09
  • Co-founder, co-coordinator, and discussion facilitator; 360 (Faith, religion, and philosophy dialogue group at St. Edward’s U), 2006-09
  • Texas Independent College Foundation Ethics in Business Match (Two-time competitor for St. Edward’s U), 2007-08
  • University of Notre Dame Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Research Program, 2007
  • Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honors Fraternity, 2006

Full CV and references available upon request.