I am currently an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University. I will serve as a Lecturer in philosophy at the California Institute of Technology during the Spring 2016 quarter, as I did during the Spring 2015 quarter. My areas of specialization are the philosophy of love and friendship, ethics, and the history of ethics (especially Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant). My areas of further 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 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.