Photo on 8-18-13 at 3.37 PM #2I am currently an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to joining the philosophy faculty at USC, I was a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, where I was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and an affiliated faculty in the philosophy department.  I earned my PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked under the direction of Michael Thompson.  I earned my B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval Studies (with Classics minor) at Indiana University-Bloomington.

My research lies at the intersection of virtue ethics, philosophy of action, and theories of rationality.  My ambition is to show that we cannot understand concepts such as ‘good,’ ‘action,’ or ‘practically rational’ without an appeal to forms or natures, and to ‘good human action’ or ‘practically rational human action’ without an appeal to a distinctive practical knowledge of our own human form or nature.  Apart from my own views, I also have research interests in the history of ethics, especially medieval and early modern; and despite my better judgment, I’m pretty obsessed with Kant.  The philosophers who have most positively influenced my own work in ethics and action are the three A’s:  Aristotle, Aquinas, and Anscombe.