About me

I'm a philosopher working on theoretical issues related to social cognition. My research focuses primarily on debates about "theory of mind" or "mindreading", which is our capacity to reason about the psychological causes of behavior (e.g. beliefs, desires, emotions, character traits, etc.). I'm also interested in other aspects of social cognition, including stereotyping and moral psychology. My research intersects with many issues in the philosophy of cognitive science more generally, such as the relation between perception and cognition, the nature of mental representation, Bayesian models of cognition, and debates relating to nativism and empiricism. I am also interested in ethics and philosophy of biology. 

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. In the fall of 2017, I will be an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. 

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.