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, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language


Areas of competence

Bioethics, Philosophical Logic





“Supervenience Arguments and Normative Non-naturalism”, forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

“Expressivism and Normative Metaphysics”, provisionally forthcoming (pending final review) in Oxford Studies in Metaethics vol. 11, edited by Russ Shafer-Landau.

“Whither Anankastics?” (with Alex Silk), to appear in Philosophical Perspectives 28: Ethics.

“Scepticism” (with John Hawthorne), to appear in The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology and Theology, edited by William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino.

“Realism and Objectivity”, to appear in The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, edited by David Plunkett and Tristram McPherson.

Modal Quantification without Worlds, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, vol. 8, edited by Karen Bennett and Dean Zimmerman, pp. 151-186. Also one of four finalists for the 2011 Younger Scholars Prize for Metaphysics.

The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think (with Anna Edmonds and David Manley), Australasian Journal of Philosophy vol. 91 no. 3, pp. 421-441.

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


“Realism and Objectivity in Ethics”, to be presented at the Seminar in Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford, 13 October 2014.

“Expressivism and Normative Metaphysics”, to be presented at the Madison Metaethics Workshop, 12-14 September 2014.

“Perfectly Natural Relative Naturalness”, presented at the Open Session of the 2014 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association, Cambridge University, 11-13 July 2014.

“Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic”, presented at University College London, 19 February 2014.

“Ethical Vagueness and Practical Reasoning”, Metaphysical Indeterminacy Final Conference, University of Leeds, 7-8 December 2013.

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

“Primitive Relative Fundamentality”, presented at Arizona State University, 13 February 2013.

“The Metaphysics of Expressivism”, presented at the University of Leeds, 7 February 2012.

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

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

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

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

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



at the University of Oxford

Hilary, Trinity, Michaelmas terms 2014: tutorials in Philosophy of Religion for Somerville College, Oxford.

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

Winter 2013: Rackham Travel Grant

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

2013: Interviewer for undergraduate admissions, Somerville College, Oxford.

2011-12: Editor for 2010, 2011 Philosopher's Annual

Referee for Nous, Candaian Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Ethics, Theoria, Ratio, The Philosophical Quarterly, Res Philosophica.

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 2009-2012 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.