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I am currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to this, I braved a Minnesota winter at Carleton College, the football season at Virginia Tech, and 2012's March Madness with the Bonnies at St. Bonaventure University. Most recently, I shared elevator cars with movie stars as a postdoctoral fellow in the Law and Philosophy program at UCLA School of Law. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and once upon a time, I was anĀ improv comedian studying philosophy and politics at the University of Virginia.


Much of my work is organized around the nature and role of moral responsibility. I am interested in determining the conditions under which agents can deserve blame and praise, the kind of desert involved in ascriptions of blameworthiness and praiseworthiness, and an account of how best to understand that blame and praise and locate them within our broader moral theories. While centrally within ethical theory, this work draws from neighboring subfields, especially action theory, philosophy of mind, and the law.


I have posted some papers here which pursue some of these topics. Comments are always welcome; please ask permission before citing unpublished work. You can also find my work here and here.


Those interested in a more detailed (though outdated) research statement can find one here. Unfortunately, much of this site is a bit out of date right now. I hope launch a new and improved website by the end of the summer. (We'll see how that goes...)