About Me

I spend a lot of time thinking about the nature and value of close-knit social groups. My research involves topics in ethics, emerging technologies, social philosophy, metaphysics (especially social ontology), and philosophy of mind. I tend to draw on ancient philosophy - primarily Chinese and Greek - in order to think about current problems.

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

I love teaching, and enjoy tackling big questions with my students, from whether bad people can be good friends to why you should or shouldn't choose to become a hamster, if you were guaranteed all the elements of a good hamster life.

My book, Friendship, Robots, and Social Media: False Friends and Second Selves, came out in January 2018.

It's available through Routledge, on Amazon, and most other major online book retailers.

Here's a talk I gave on Aristotle and social media, at the invitation of the Quinebaug Valley Community College Philosophy Club:

When not philosophizing (and sometimes also while philosophizing), I hike, snowshoe, play tabletop games, and knit. I'm assisted by a crafty elderly dog and her big, goofy, less well-coordinated understudy.