Image from Yale-NUS College profile article, November 2016.

Language, meaning, and knowledge—
in Indian philosophy and beyond.

How do we understand metaphors and figures of speech?
How do we come to know through other people's testimony?
How should reasonable people engage in argumentation?

These are some of the questions I seek to answer in conversation with premodern and modern
philosophers, in India and beyond.

Education & Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin. May 2015.
Dissertation: “Speaking Indirectly: Theories of Non-Literal Meaning in Indian Philosophy.”Committee: Stephen Phillips (chair), Ray Buchanan, Josh Dever, Hans Kamp, LawrenceMcCrea
  • M.A. Philosophy (summa cum laude), University of Missouri-St. Louis. 2006.
  • B.A. English, Spanish (with honors), Grove City College. 2000.
  • Languages: Sanskrit (reading), Spanish (advanced conversation, reading, writing), English (fluent)

Academic Work

Peer-reviewed Papers

Encyclopedia Entries & Bibliographies

Some of the teachers I've had the honor of learning from over the years:

My dissertation committee (2015): Josh Dever, Stephen Phillips, Ray Buchanan (not pictured, Hans Kamp, Lawrence McCrea).
The late, esteemed Ram Karan Sharma at Ananda Ashram, NY (2013)

Courses I've Taught

Animals are one of my main loves in life, next to philosophy and Sanskrit. I try to pet a dog (or other critter) in in every country I travel to!

Delhi, India
Taksim Square, Istanbul
Lazarus Island, Singapore
Nara Park, Japan