Hello there. I’m currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Oklahoma. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016; in addition to my work on the philosophy side of the Joint Program in Ancient Philosophy, I also earned an MA in Classics from UT in 2014.
I work primarily in ancient philosophy, focusing on the intersection of the normative and the non-normative in Plato, Aristotle, and others. Most of my research deals with moral and epistemological implications of various ancient models of the soul. Lately I have focused primarily on different conceptions of the soul in Aristotle's ethical works, especially the Eudemian Ethics, and on what the differences between the theories in each work can tell us about the development of Aristotle's thought. I am also interested in some parallel issues in contemporary philosophy, in particular the way virtue ethics and virtue epistemology ground normativity in human nature and human capacities.
Beyond my research, I think a lot about teaching and pedagogy. You can find some of my thoughts at the Philosophers’ Cocoon, where I blog primarily about teaching. I’ve taught in the New College for Adult Learners at St. Edward’s University, at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Texas Tech University. Before that I was a GRE tutor and a marching band percussion instructor.
Outside of philosophy, I’m a pretty good drummer [my current kit] and a huge Star Wars fan.