About Me

你好! I live in Hong Kong with my partner Emily Matchar (author of this fantastic book) and our two sons. Before coming to HKU I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan UniversityI studied for my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My philosophy family tree is here.

I originally hail from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., and later spent a few years in the upper Midwest before moving south. I earned my B.A. in Philosophy from Whitman College, and my M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois UniversityAlong the way, I spent a year as a VISTA with AmeriCorps in Madison, Wisconsin, and a summer at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. At UNC I served as a Research Fellow for the Parr Center for Ethics. In 2009 I was a visiting scholar with the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney in Australia.

In my spare time I take a lot of photos (the New York Times recently published this and this); my Flickr site is here

I am getting to know Hong Kong by taking advantage of its incredible hiking, running its races, learning how to cook Chinese food, and (very slowly) learning Cantonese. I also love traveling and exploring new places.

I'm happy to discuss academia with anyone interested in pursuing philosophy at the graduate level. Feel free to contact me if you're considering either of my almae matres, NIU and UNC, both of which are fantastic places to study philosophy, or if you're interested in studying at HKU with either me or my colleagues.