About me

As a fourth generation New Mexican I am delighted to be an associate professor in the philosophy department at New Mexico State University. NMSU is a land grant and minority serving institution located just 45 minutes north or the US Mexico border in sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is my duty and my pleasure to teach six undergraduate courses a year.

I have a personal and professional interest of building bridges between theory and practice by using philosophy to understand and promote human flourishing, or the good life.  To this end, much of my research is focused on development ethics.  In my efforts in writing, presenting, and publishing academic papers, I try to discuss philosophical theory in an accessible way that is helpful to both academics and to international development practitioners. 

My broader research interests include ancient philosophy, feminism, and philosophy for children.

 I have served on the executive board of the International Development Ethics Association since 2006, and I am currently co-organizing the 2018 IDEA conference: A World United: Allies in Ethical Development.  I was a co-coordinator of the Human Development Capabilities Association's Ethics and Development Thematic Group since the group was formed in 2007 until 2016, and now serve as an At-Large Member of the Executive Council and a an HDCA Fellow Before completing my Ph.D. I worked for the economic consulting firm Development Alternatives Incorporated .

In addition to philosophy and development ethics, I love spending time with my family, traveling, and exploring the trails of the Organ Mountains.