A .pdf version of my CV can be downloaded here.


2013-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford.


2013: PhD in philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
    ·Dissertation title: Realism and Fundamentality in Ethics and Elsewhere
    ·Supervisor: Allan Gibbard

2006-2009: University of Southern California, graduate student in philosophy.

2001-2005: BA, Philosophy; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Summa Cum Laude.



Areas of specialization

Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language


Areas of competence

Bioethics, Philosophical Logic





Modal Quantification without Worlds, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 8.

The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think (with Anna Edmonds and David Manley), forthcoming in Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Minimalist Semantics in Meta-ethical Expressivism, Philosophical Studies vol. 151 no. 3, pp. 351-371.

Refereed conference presentations

“The Metaphysical Conception of Realism,” invited lecture for seminar on Realism, Objectivity and Meta- metaphysics at Dartmouth College, April 11, 2013.

“Practical Reasoning for Theorists about Vagueness,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado, Boulder, August 4-7, 2011.

“The 'Quasi' in 'Quasi-realism',” Indiana Philosophical Assoication, Ball State University, April 29-30, 2011.

“Minimalist Semantics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Alberta, October 24-26, 2008.

“Minimalist Semantics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism,” British Society for Ethical Theory, University of Edinburgh, July 14-16, 2008.

“Minimalist Semantics and the Problem of Creeping Minimalism,” 11th Southern California Philosophy Conference, October 27, 2007.


“Higher-order quantification and modality” presented to the University of Michigan Graduate Students Working Group in Philosophy (GSWG), October 4, 2009.

“Reconsidering Frege's Puzzle” USC Lingusitics/Philosophy Interface Workshop, May 2009.



at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Spring 2013: Sole instructor for Phil/Rel 232: Intro to Religion.

Spring 2012, Winter 2013: Sole instructor for Phil 160: Moral Principles and Problems. Lectures and discussion covered issues in ethics and bioethics.

Fall 2010: Teaching assistant for Phil 361: Ethics (Daniel Jacobson).

Winter 2010: Teaching assistant for Phil 356: Issues in Bioethics (Brian MacPherson).

at the University of Southern California

Spring 2009: Teaching assistant for Phil 155g: Modern Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (David Manley)

Fall 2008: Teaching assistant for Phil 101: The Philosophical Foundations of Modern Western Culture (James van Cleve)

Spring 2008: Teaching assistant for Phil 155g: Modern Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (David Manley)

Fall 2007: Teaching assistant for Phil 141g: The Professions and Public Interest in American Life (Dallas Willard)


Awards and fellowships

at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Fall 2012: Departmental One-term Fellowship

Winter 2012: Stevenson Prize (awarded anually to one graduate student for excellence in a dossier)

Winter 2012: Departmental One-term Fellowship

Fall 2011: Departmental One-term Fellowship

Summer 2011: Weinberg Summer Fellowship

August 2011: Rackham Travel Grant

April 2011: Rackham Travel Grant

March 2011: “Modal Quantification without Worlds” selected as finalist for 2011 Younger Scholars Prize for Metaphysics

Winter 2011: Rackham One-term Dissertation Fellowship

Summer 2010: Rackham Research Grant (for the Meta-Survey project; with David Manley and Anna Edmonds)

Fall 2009: Departmental Fellowship


at the University of Southern California

Fall 2008: Nomination for 2009 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

2008: International Conference Travel Award, Summer 2008, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

2006-7: Merit Fellowship, University of Southern California.


Committees and service

2011: Editor for 2010, 2011 Philosopher's Annual

Referee for Nous and Candaian Journal of Philosophy

2006-7: Secretary and Treasurer for Pegasus, Philosophy Graduate Student Committee (USC).

2007-8: Philosophy department representative to Dean of Graduate Students' committee (USC).


Research assistant work

Summer 2009-present for David Manley; April-August 2007 and January 2008-March 2008 for Scott Soames; June-July 2007 for Mark Schroeder; August 2007 for Jacob Ross.


Graduate coursework

Language, metaphysics and epistemology

· Truth, Meaning, Analyticity and Apriority (Soames, Manley)
· Conditionals (King, Higginbotham)*
· Logic and the Theory of Meaning (Schein, Linguistics Department)
· Kit Fine's Semantic Relationism (Soames)
· Semantics (Guerzoni, Linguistics Department)
· Seminar on the philosophy of Language (Nathan Salmon)
· Writing for Publication in Philosophy (Soames and Wilson)
· Presupposition and Information Structure (Craige Roberts)
· Minimal Structure and Rational Behavior: Competence and Performance in (Psycho–)Linguistics (Richard Lewis, Psychology Department and Sam Epstein, Linguistics Department)

· Normativity of Meaning (Gibbard)*
· Survey in Metaphysics (Manley and King)
· Independent study on the foundations of metaphysics (Manley)
· Contemporary Research in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language (Moss)*
· Seminar in Epistemology (Lasonen Aarnio)
· Seminar on Skepticism (Weatherson)


Value theory

· Seminar in Recent Philosophy–Expressivism (Schroeder)
· Reduction and Philosophical Analysis (Schroeder)
· Deontic Logic (Schroeder)*
· Practical Reason (Ross)*
· Ethical Analysis (Gibbard)*
· From Actions and Attitudes to Ethics (Railton)*
· Seminar on Parfit's On what Matters (Gibbard)*
· Philosophy of Law (Marmor)
· Aesthetics (Walton)



· Intermediate Logic (Damnjanovic)
· Seminar in Logic–Philosophy of A.N. Prior (van Cleve)
· Formal Methods for Philosophy (Moss)


History of philosophy

· Seminar on the philosophy of Thomas Reid (van Cleve)
· Seminar in Ancient Philosophy (Lewis)



· Introduction to Contemporary Philosophical Literature (Soames, Higginbotham)
· Proseminar (Belot)


*– indicates audited course.