About me

I'm a philosopher specializing in the philosophy of cognitive science, mind, and moral psychology. My research is about how we reason about the social world. My dissertation was about the development and cognitive architecture of "theory of mind" or "mindreading", which is our capacity to understand behavior in terms of underlying psychological causes (e.g. beliefs, desires, emotions, etc.). My more recent work has focused more closely on how we use representations of stable character traits to predict and interpret behavior, and how these representations figure in both our social stereotypes and in our moral judgments
. I'm also interested in debates about the architecture of moral cognition, concepts, intentionality, Bayesian models of cognition, pragmatic inference, animal minds, implicit bias, and moral responsibility.

Bio: I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I did my B.A. in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (along with my older brother Adam, who is also a philosopher), and then stayed on to complete an M.A. I recently completed my Ph.D. at the the University of Maryland, College Parkwhere I worked under the supervision of Peter Carruthers. I am currently an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. In September 2018, I will be a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

When I'm not doing philosophy, I enjoy playing board games (the kind that ruin friendships), podcasts, working out, and going to the theater. 

Speaking of custom oil paintings of your dog or cat: you should check out my mother Monique's pet portrait website.