I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University. I've also taught at Western Washington University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado, where I received my Ph.D. under the supervision of Michael Tooley.

My research focuses on philosophical questions about laws of nature: What kind of thing is a law? How do laws relate to other issues in metaphysics, like possibility and necessity, the problem of universals, or scientific realism? How do we learn about laws? What role do laws play in our reasoning--for example, when making inferences about the future based on past experience? How, if at all, do these theoretical questions about laws and inductive reasoning connect to our choice of social policies (for example, policies of racial profiling)? My research page includes a CV, links to publications, and brief descriptions of works in progress. 

Perhaps the most important part of my work is teaching. The study of philosophy can (and should) make us better persons. It allows us to develop important practical skills, like distinguishing good from bad sorts of evidence. It requires us to cultivate important attitudes, like a willingness to critically examine our own beliefs while remaining open-minded about the beliefs of others. It provides a venue to discuss important issues in a respectful and productive manner. Also, philosophy is fun! My teaching page includes resources for students, including syllabi for recent courses. 

In my non-academic life, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, fly fishing, photography, and spending time with family and friends. 

Photo: The boardwalk at the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most colorful places in the world.