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Curriculum vitae

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and affiliate faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University.

I serve on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Aesthetics and recently served as a Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics.

I am on research leave as a residential fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt in autumn of 2020. Previously I have visited at the Universities of Vienna and Barcelona.


I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. My research has been largely devoted to carving out a 'philosophy of poetry' within aesthetics (now a reality). Most of my publications are available via my Research Gate and PhilPeople pages.


Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins, and Powers of Poetry is under contract with Oxford University Press and has been funded by fellowships from the Mellon and Woodrow Wilson Foundations and the National Humanities Center.

The Philosophy of Poetry and Literature, for the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series, is also under contract.

I edited and contributed to The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics (2012; PB 2015).

Articles and book reviews

2020-21 talks

Other tidbits

I was awarded the 2016 American Society for Aesthetics Ted Cohen Prize for "The Spoken and the Written: An Ontology of Poems" (in The Philosophy of Poetry, edited by J. Gibson, Oxford University Press 2015). Here are some reviews of the book that discuss my contribution: Estetika, BJA, JAAC.

In 2014 I defended The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics in my first contribution to the blogosphere. After a lively debate there, the discussion continued here. The post won the first Ornie Award for Outstanding Guest Post.

In 2012, Texas Tech selected me as one of its "Integrated Scholars" for excellence in teaching, research, and service. You can read and watch my interview.

Page last updated on 23 November 2020.