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.This academic year (2013-14) I am on research leave, working on a book tentatively entitled Stealing the Strings of Sappho: Essays in the Philosophy of Poetry, under the auspices of the Philip L. Quinn fellowship at the National Humanities Center.
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.
- 18 June 2014: 'The Musilanguage Hypothesis and the Origins of Poetry'. London Aesthetics Forum, Institute of Philosophy.
- 26 June 2014: 'Aesthetic Luck'. One-day workshop in value theory. Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France.
Page last updated on 25 March 2014.