I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
My philosophical interests revolve around questions about normativity: what it is, where it comes from, how it can play the special roles it has in our lives, and how its roles differ depending on where we find it. I think there's a promising answer to these questions that goes by the name constitutivism. Constitutivism answers these questions by appeal to the constitutive features (i.e. the metaphysics) of norm-governed things.
Most of my research focuses on trying to locate, develop, and defend the best version of constitutivism and apply it in the wild to get some interesting normative conclusions off the ground. You can read about some of those conclusions in philosophy of law, epistemology, and philosophy of language in the research section.
In addition to my research activities, I regularly teach philosophy of law, ethics, metaethics, logic, and serve on dissertation committees in ethics and epistemology.
In 2014, I completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to that, I studied philosophy and political science at Mount Holyoke College and St Hilda's College, Oxford University.
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