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

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

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 Ethics, Vanderbilt, Summer 2017
  • Intro. to Philosophy (Thematic Focus: The Arts of Living and Dying), Vanderbilt, Fall 2016
  • General Logic, Vanderbilt, Spring 2016
  • Intro. to Philosophy (Thematic Focus: Friendship), Vanderbilt, Fall 2015
  • Bioethics and Biotechnology (one-hour section), Vanderbilt, 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

Representative Presentations and Lectures

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • "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.