Areas of Specialization       

Metaethics, Moral Psychology                             

Very brief bio

Born and raised in the Detroit metro area in Michigan, I double majored in Art History & Philosophy at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and then received a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  As a graduate student, I taught courses at Rutgers New Brunswick, Rutgers Newark, Upsala College, and New York University.  After serving year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, I worked for ten years as an Assistant professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York City.  In my academic work, I specialize in ethics and practical reasoning.  I’m interested in the nature of reasons, their motivational and justificatory force, and in the relevance of scientific studies to such theorizing.  Currently I’m the recipient of a Time-Out Grant from Vassar College, which has allowed me to work on a narrative non-fiction project exploring the nature of memory, self, and language.


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