I am a dissertator in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I hold a MA in Philosophy from UW-Madison, a MSc in Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics, and a minor in philosophy and a Take-5 Scholars Certificate in philosophy of science from the University of Rochester. I work in political philosophy and applied ethics, and I ask a lot of normative and empirical questions about social movements. I am particularly interested in the ethics of nonviolent direct action.
I am committed to sharing philosophy with the public, and I am the Executive Director of an organization I co-founded called, Madison Public Philosophy (MPP). MPP's mission is twofold: to share philosophy with all members of the Madison community through Philosophy for Children educational programs and public performances, and to provide training for undergraduate philosophy majors. We currently have educational programs through Neighborhood House Community Center, the UW-Odyssey Project, and the Dane County Salvation Army.
Academic Philosophy Conference Presentations:
October 13-15, 2017. "Minding the Gap: P4C and Arendt's Crisis in Education." Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL, USA.
November 7-8, 2014. "Explanations in Music Theory." Illinois Philosophical Association. Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA.
October 11, 2014. "Explanations in Music Theory." Central States Philosophical Association. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.
October 12, 2013. "In Defense of Minimalism." The Austin Graduate Ethics & Normativity Talks. Austin, Texas, USA.
October 11, 2013. "Mechanistic Explanations in Music Theory: Lessons from Biology and Physical Geology." Alabama Philosophical Society Annual Conference. Pensacola, FL, USA.
June 17-19, 2013. "Mechanistic Explanations in Music Theory: Lessons from Biology and Physical Geology." Annual Conference of the European Society of Aesthetics. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
April 11-13, 2013. "Performing Platonist Types." What is Performance Philosophy? University of Surrey, UK.
March 8-9, 2013. "Reflections on the Removal Thesis: Scientific Judgements and Causal Hypothesis Testing." LSU Philosophy Conference. Louisiana State University, LA, USA.
November 23, 2012. "Musical States of Affairs: A New Proposal For Realist Platonism." Challenging Musical Ontologies: An RMA Study Day. University of Nottingham, UK.
February 24-25, 2012. "Interlevel Mechanistic Explanations of Musical Ontology." Midsouth Philosophy Conference. Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, USA.
Presentations for General Audiences:
August 4, 2017. "Vegan Pizza and Activism." Madison, WI.
May 23, 2017. "The Drowning Children Among Us." Madison Public Philosophy at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI.
July 23, 2014. "Allegory of the Cave." Compleat Stage: Root Series, Allegory of the Cave. New Orleans, LA. Click Here for review.
February 20, 2014. "When We Love We Risk Death." Compleat Stage: Root Series, Sappho's Aphrodite, Tales of Love and Death. New Orleans, LA.
January 29, 2014. "Seeing Our Reflections in the Myth of Narcissus." Compleat Stage: Root Series, The Story of Echo and Narcissus. New Orleans, LA.
January 16, 2014. "Suspicion With New Tools." Reading at 10 Gallery. New Orleans, LA.