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Curriculum Vitae

SPECIALTY: Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Practical Reason

AREAS OF COMPETENCE: Epistemology, Metaethics, Philosophy of Law 


2016–present: Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2017 (Spring): Visiting Associate Professor, New York University-Abu Dhabi

2015 (Fall): Visiting Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010–2016: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison 

2009–2010: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College


Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2003-2009 

Ph.D. Philosophy, June 2009 

Dissertation: How We Know What We’re Doing: An Inferential Explanation of Agential ‘Knowledge Without Observation’ 

Committee: Michael Bratman (chair), Krista Lawlor, John Perry, Nadeem Hussain 

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1998-2002 

B.A. Philosophy, June 2002, magna cum laude with Distinction in Philosophy. 



"Believing in Others," with Jennifer Morton, forthcoming in Philosophical Topics, special issue on "Can Beliefs Wrong?"

"Good Intentions and the Road to Hell," Philosophical Explorations, 20th anniversary issue, 2017.

"The Courage of Conviction," Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45(5-6), special issue on "Belief, Rationality, and Agency Over Time," 2015.

"The Transparency of Intention," Philosophical Studies 172(2), 2015.

"Doxastic Self-Control," American Philosophical Quarterly 52(2), special issue on "Reasons and Rationality," 2015.

"Embarking on a Crime," Law and the Philosophy of Action. E. Villanueva, ed. Rodopi Press, 2014.

"Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy," Inquiry, special issue on Choice Over Time, 57(3), 2014.

"Of Reasons and Recognition," with Jennifer Morton, Analysis 74(2), 2014: 339-348.

"The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning: The Shadow Between Idea and Act," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 43(3), 2013.

"How We Know What We Intend," Philosophical Studies, 161(2), 2012: 327-346. 

"Deviant Formal Causation," Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 5(3), 2011. 

“Intention, Belief, and Wishful Thinking: Setiya on ‘Practical Knowledge’,” Ethics 119 (3), 2009: 546-557. 

“How We Know What We’re Doing,” Philosophers’ Imprint, 9(11), 2009.


"John Doe and Richard Roe," The Norton Introduction to Philosophy, 2nd Edition, edited by Alex Byrne, Gideon Rosen, Elizabeth Harman, Seana Shiffrin, and Josh Cohen.

"The Norms of Practical Reasoning," with Jennifer Morton, forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Practical Reason, edited by Ruth Chang and Kurt Sylvan.

"The Transparency of Mind," Philosophy Compass 9(5), 2014: 295-303.

“Intention," International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.


Manuel Vargas and Gideon Yaffe, Rational and Social Agency (Oxford 2014), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.

Alan H. Goldman, Reasons from Within: Desires and Values (Oxford 2010). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.

Richard Holton, Willing, Wanting, Waiting (Oxford 2008), Mind 120 (479): 889-892, 2011 


The Philosophy of Action: A Contemporary Introduction, under contract with Routledge.


Stanford University
Yale Moral Psychology Working Group

"Believing in Others"
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018
APhil Annual Lecture, University of Barcelona, 2017
Northwestern University, 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop, 2017

NYU-Abu Dhabi, May 2017 
The American University of Beirut, 2017 
USC, October 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016 
Ohio State University, 2016

UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016

"The Courage of Conviction" 
University of Vermont, 2015
UT-Austin, 2015

"Rationality, Normativity, and Self-Governance" 
UC-Riverside, 2015

"Good Intentions and the Road to Hell"
UC-Irvine, 2015
Ryerson University, 2014
University of Pittsburgh, 2014. 

"Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop" 
"Philosophers Tackle Contemporary Issues" Lecture Series, Madison, October 2014. 

"Doxastic Self-Control" 

Keynote address, graduate conference, University of Iowa, 2014

"Embarking on a Crime" 
University of Toronto, 2013
University of Auckland, 2013

"Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy"
Utrecht University, 2012

"The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning: The Shadow Between Idea and Act" 

CUNY-City College of New York, 2011

“How We Know What We’re Doing: Intention, Belief, and Knowledge Without Observation”
UW-Madison, 2010 
Rice University, 2010 
USC, 2009 
Bowdoin College, 2009 
Colgate College, 2009 
UC-Berkeley, 2008



"The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning" conference, Auburn University, 2018.

"Transparency and Apperception" conference, Ryerson University

"Agency and Rationality" conference, University of Campinas, Brazil

"Intention and Motivation"

Invited Symposium, European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (Organizer)


"Mechanisms of Intention" conference, University of Copenhagen, 2017

Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Project Capstone Conference, Florida State, 2017

"Normativity and Reasoning" workshop, NYU, 2017

Early Career Ethics Workshop, NYU, 2017

"Agency and Time" conference, University of Oslo, 2016 

"Action and Its Limits"

"Taking Action First" conference, Tel Aviv University, 2017.

"Rationality and Self-Blindness"

WIPHICA, Northwestern University, 2016

"Varieties of Self-Knowledge," Harvard University, 2016

Epistemology of Action symposium, Central APA 2016

"The Courage of Conviction"

Keynote address, undergraduate conference, Illinois State University, 2016

Midwest Epistemology Workshop, 2015

"Belief, Action, and Rationality Over Time" conference, UW-Madison, 2015

"Resisting the Temptation of 'Willpower"

Dartmouth Moral Psychology Workshop, 2015

"Continent Believing"

Symposium on Free Will and Epistemology, Pacific APA, 2015

"Normativity and Self-Governance"

Normativity and Practical Reasoning Workshop, NYU- Abu Dhabi, 2015.

"Good Intentions and the Road to Hell"

“ The Moral Significance of Intention, University of Leeds, 2014.

"Embarking on a Crime"

Columbia University, Joseph Raz's Legal Theory Seminar, 2013.

"Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy"

Workshop on Rationality Over Time, CSMN, University of Oslo, 2013.

"The Transparency of Intention"

SPAWN conference on "Transparency of Mind," 2013.

"How We Know What We're Doing"

Workshop on "Practical Knowledge," University of Leipzig, 2013.

"The Force of the 'Because'"

Philosophy of Action Group Session, Pacific APA, 2013.

"Doxastic Self-Control"

Auburn University, conference on Theoretical Agency: Issues at the Intersection of Freedom and Belief," 2013.

"Diachronic Incontinence is a Problem in Moral Philosophy"

Northwestern University Philosophy and Linguistics Workshop, 2012.

"The Indifferent Gardener"

Practical Knowledge Workshop, University of Basel, 2010.


On Ravit Dohan, "Resilience in the Face of Counterevidence," Central APA 2018.

On Al Mele, "Are Practical Decisions Mental Actions?", "Mental Action" conference, Institute of Philosophy, London 2017. 

Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop, 2016

Workshop on Tamar Schapiro, Northwestern University, 2016.

Workshop on "Agency and Ability," University of Leipzig, 2016.

Comments on Berislav Marušić, "Do Reasons Expire?" "Normativity and Reasoning" workshop, NYU-Abu Dhabi, January 2016.

Commentator, Pea Soup symposium on John Brunero's "Cognitivism about Practical Rationality," September 2015.

Featured Blogger, Flickers of Freedom, August 2015

Comments on Kenny Walden, "Ideals," Midsummer Philosophy Workshop, Cambridge University, June 2014.

Comments on Agnes Callard, "Aspiration," NYU-Abu Dhabi, Workshop on Normativity and Practical Reasoning, January 2014.

Comments on Mark Schroeder, "Knowledge is Belief for Sufficient (Subjective and Objective) Reason," Conference on Epistemic Normativity, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2013

Comments on Lisa Bortolotti, "Imperfect Beliefs," at "The Nature of Belief," Harvard University, September 2012.

Comments on Michael Bratman, Luca Ferrero, and Sergio Tenenbaum, invited symposium, "Choice over Time," Pacific APA, April 2012.

Workshop on Gideon Yaffe's Attempts, University of Southern California, October 2011.

Comments on Luca Ferrero "Diachronic Rational Constraints," St. Louis Conference on Reasons and Rationality, May 2011. 

Comments on Anton Ford "Practical Reason and Perception," at Virtue, Action, Reason: A Symposium for Anselm Mueller, University of Chicago, April 2011. 

Comments on Iskra Fileva “A Puzzle about Knowledge in Action,” Eastern Division APA Meeting 2010. 

Comments on Joseph Ulatowski "An Experimental Approach to Act Individuation," at the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting 2010. 


UW-Madison Vilas Associates Award, 2016-18.

Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Grant (with Jennifer Morton), 2016

UW University Houses Honored Instructor Award (x3)

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Summer Research Fellowship, 2012

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Stanford Introduction to the Humanities Program, 2008

Graduate Student Outstanding Paper Prize, Central APA, 2007

Fulbright Grant, Germany, 2002-03

Distinction in Philosophy, Carleton College, 2002

Phi Beta Kappa


Area Editor, Ergo (2015-).

Nominating Committee, Central APA (2017-18)

Tenure referee (x1)

External reviewer, Ph.D. thesis for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Oslo.

Referee for Philosophical Review, Ethics, Mind, Nous, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Philosophical Psychology, Synthese, Inquiry, Theoria, Philosophia, Thought, Ergo, Erkenntnis, Topoi, Philosophical Explorations, Journal of Philosophical Research, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, Routledge, the SSHRC, the Israeli Science Foundation, and SLACRR.

 Mentor, MarketBoost program to mentor women on the philosophy job market (2014- 2015).