I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Texas at Austin, where I'm writing my dissertation on theories of non-literal speech in Indian and analytic philosophy under the supervision of Stephen Phillips. Before coming to Austin, I earned my master's degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
I have wide-ranging interests in philosophy of language and epistemology. I’m interested in how expressions are meaningful in virtue of their constituent parts. I’m also interested in how hearers have access to speaker meanings, by way of the sentences people use to communicate. The Indian philosophical tradition has a rich history of investigating the relationship between testimony as a source of knowledge and theories of meaning and language use. In recent years, contemporary philosophers have been increasingly taking advantage of this tradition in their work. However, much recent work in Indian philosophy has been on theories of meaning (semantics) and not theories of language use (pragmatics). My work aims to remedy this gap, and in so doing contribute to the philosophical analysis of meaning and language use.