I spend a lot of time thinking about the nature and value of close-knit social groups. My research involves topics in ethics, social philosophy, metaphysics (especially social ontology), emerging technologies, 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 Assistant 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.
Here's a recent 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 run, hike, knit, cook, and play the fiddle. My cat sometimes sings along. I'm also assisted by a crafty elderly dog and her big, goofy, less well-coordinated understudy.