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I graduated from the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. I am currently an associate professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgia State University. I work primarily in philosophy of mind.  I am also an associate member of the newly formed Neuroscience Institute (NI), and I chair the Interdisciplinary Committee of the NI. Finally, I just became the new editor of the Emotion Researcher, the Newsletter of the International Society for Research on Emotions.

My current research focuses on three main areas:
  • Emotions: What are emotions? How have theories of emotions changed through time? Are emotions natural kinds? Is core affect a natural kind? What are the advantages and shortcomings of competing theories of emotions?
  • Information: What is information? Can information be the yeast and flour we need to bake the mental cake? Should information be understood probabilistically or in terms of laws and counterfactuals? How can we move from a theory of information to a theory of mental content?
  • Philosophical methodology: How do we answer questions of the form "What is X?". Is there more than one one to get the answer right? How are scientific and philosophical answers constrained by our ordinary understanding of X? How are science and philosophy related?

I also contribute to organizing the Neurophilosophy Forum, which gathers a group of faculty and students who meet to discuss issues at the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.