Welcome to my web page. I am an associate professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University, where I have been since earning my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2006. I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, focusing primarily on poetry, one of our earliest and most widespread forms of artistic expression. My philosophical research on poetry and aesthetics in general is informed by cognitive and evolutionary psychology, pragmatics and metrical phonology in linguistics, and by work in disciplines such as classics, anthropology and archaeology on oral literary traditions ancient and contemporary.
I have presented my research at the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, at the Institut Jean Nicod
in Paris, at the Universities of Auburn, Barcelona, Cincinnati,
Houston, Lisbon, Maryland, Murcia, Nottingham, Oklahoma, and Oslo, among others,
and at the meetings of the American Philosophical
Association, the American Society for Aesthetics, and the British
Society of Aesthetics. Recent and forthcoming presentations include:
- 24-27 October 2013: Comments on Jonathan Maskit's 'Disinterestedness and Desire in Everyday Aesthetic Judgments'. American Society for Aesthetics 71st Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
- 11 December 2013: "The Musilanguage Hypothesis and The Origins of Poetry." University of Maryland, College Park.
- 29 March 2014: Keynote speaker, UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Chapel Hill, NC.
For further information, please visit the pages linked above.
Page last updated on 29 December 2013.