I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse University in August 2011. This site remains up as long as Syracuse University chooses to ignore the fact that I’ve graduated. Some of the links have asserted themselves as requiring passwords, and I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m in the process of migrating everything to Google at this point anyway, given that this page may go down when the IT department catches up with me. In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you’d like me to email you anything. Please use the email link here.
My dissertation was on the metaphysics of race. I also have research interests in several other areas of metaphysics, including personal identity, persistence through time, material composition, philosophy of time, vagueness, and free will. I am also interested in philosophy of religion, especially God's relation to time, foreknowledge and human freedom, philosophical theology, and arguments about the existence of God. I co-founded and continue to contribute to the philosophy of religion weblog Prosblogion. I’m currently working on a paper on the metaphysics and ethics of disability as well a paper about epistemic privilege and social privilege.
I have taught (a) first-year and second-year introductory courses: ethics [theory and applied], metaphysics/epistemology, human nature [ancient through 20th century], history of philosophy [ancient, medieval, early modern], (b) junior-level ethical theory, applied ethics, and history of ethics [ancient through 20th century], and (c) senior-level applied ethics.
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Syllabi for some courses I have taught:
Philosophical Foundations of Western Thought (PHL 101 at Le Moyne College)
Theories of Knowledge and Reality (
Ethics and Value Theory (
Issues in Ethics (PHL 302 at Le Moyne College)
of Ethics (
Syllabi for some courses I would like to teach:
Review of Elizabeth J. Meyer, Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools (2009) Teachers College Press, Columbia University, in Men and Masculinities (forthcoming)
“It Doesn’t Matter What We Do: From Metaphysics to Ethics in Lost’s Time Travel” in The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy, ed. Sharon Kaye (Wiley/Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2010)
“Destiny in Harry Potter”, in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy, ed. Greg Bassham (Wiley/Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2010), also reprinted in Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, from Hume to House, ed. William Irwin (Blackwell, 2010).
“Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race”, in The X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the X-Verse, ed. Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Wiley/Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2009), also reprinted in Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, from Hume to House, ed. William Irwin (Blackwell, 2010).
Review of God and Time: Four Views, ed. Gregory E. Ganssle, InterVarsity Press (2001) in Faith and Philosophy (October 2003)