Following four great years teaching at Emory & Henry College, I am excited to be teaching philosophy at University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

I am interested in ethics and political philosophy. More specifically, I am interested in the rights and responsibilities that arise within familial relationships, and the ways in which broader social obligations constrain them. 

I grew up in the mountains of northeast Tennessee, and I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in North Carolina. In 2008 - the same year that the Davidson Wildcats crushed the Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet Sixteen matchup - I earned my M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. I earned my Ph.D. in the spring of 2012. 

My non-philosophical interests include spending time with my sweet son, raising nephew/niece-spoiling to an art form, and all things related to the New York Times crossword puzzle.