Born and raised in the Detroit metro area, I double majored in Art History & Philosophy at Vassar College and then received a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University. As a graduate student I taught courses at Rutgers New Brunswick, Rutgers Newark, Upsala College, and New York University. After serving a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis, I worked for ten years as an Assistant professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. In my academic work, I specialize in ethics and practical reasoning. I’m interested in rationality, the nature of reasons, value conflict over time, and in the relevance of scientific studies to these subjects. I was the recipient of a Time-Out Grant from Vassar, which allowed me to work on a narrative non-fiction project exploring the nature of memory, self, and language. In 2017, I participated in The Experience Project with a Philosophy of Transformative Experience Research Grant, funded by The John Templeton Foundation. In 2017-18, I was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, exploring core decision-theoretic, metaphysical, and ethical aspects of dementia in my research project "Rational Choice and Dementia: Decision-making for Those Who May Lose Themselves."
To learn more about my research and my time at Princeton University, see my interview with the University Center for Human Values.