I am a philosopher specializing in ethics, the philosophy of love and friendship, and the history of ethics (especially Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant). My areas of further philosophical interest include medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
I recently completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at UCLA. My dissertation—titled On Loving Some People More Than Others (abstract)—focuses on the phenomena and structure of preferential love. I presented a piece of this research in a paper at the 2013 Eastern APA Conference in Baltimore. I also have a published paper in the philosophy of action titled, “Hegel and Externalism about Intentions”. I hope to bring the results of my dissertation to bear on future research in normative ethical theory.
I served as a Lecturer in philosophy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) during the Spring 2015 and 2016 quarters, teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in ethics. I also served as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University during the Fall 2014 and 2015 semesters.
I enjoy hiking in the mountains, I’m a fan of “the beautiful game”, and I played varsity volleyball during my undergraduate years at Stanford. I also have an energetic chocolate lab named Hazel. Her areas of specialization include tug-of-war, chasing squirrels, and barking at strangers. Her areas of (semi-) competence include sitting and coming when called.