Ph.D. in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 2019
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
AOS: Ethics (esp. Virtue Ethics & Bioethics); Moral Psychology
AOC: Metaethics; Philosophy of Art; Ancient Greek; 19th Century German
Published Writing with Philosophical Themes
“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.
"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)
Titles of Presentations and Lectures
“No Laughing Matter: Playfulness and a Good Life” | “Life in the Garden: Epicurus on Becoming Godlike” | “The Paradoxes of Cynicism” | “Happy People are Playful People” | “Quinean Naturalism without Quine: Using Virtue to Naturalize Ethics” | “How to Be a Stoic in Three Easy Steps” | “Monsters and Psychopaths: Noël Carroll’s Art-Horror and Cynthia Freeland’s Realist Horror” | “Virtue Ethics and Cultural Diversity: Objectivity, Eudaimonia, and the Virtues” | “Art Then and Now: The Public and Moral Roles of Art"