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


2015-present: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri-St Louis.

2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College.


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, Philosophy of Law, Philosophical Logic





Reference Magnetism as a Solution to the Moral Twin Earth Problem (with Tristram McPherson), forthcoming in Ergo.

Ethical Vagueness and Practical Reasoning, forthcoming in The Philosophical Quarterly.

Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic, forthcoming in Episteme.

Duns Scotus's Epistemic Argument against Divine Illumination, forthcoming in Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights, edited by Matthew A Benton, John Hawthorne, and Dani Rabinowitz (Oxford University Press).

Supervenience Arguments and Normative Non-naturalism, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2015) vol. 91 no. 3, pp. 627-655.

Expressivism and Normative Metaphysics, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaethics vol. 11, edited by Russ Shafer-Landau.

Whither Anankastics? (with Alex Silk), Philosophical Perspectives 28: Ethics (2014).

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

Realism and Objectivity, forthcoming 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, (2013) 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 (2013) vol. 91 no. 3, pp. 421-441.

Minimalist Semantics in Meta-ethical Expressivism, Philosophical Studies (2010) vol. 151 no. 3, pp. 351-371.

Book Review

Review of Matthew Chrisman, The Meaning of 'Ought', Oxford University Press, forthcoming in The Journal of Philosophy.


“Realism, Meta-semantics, and Risk”, to be presented at the Midwest Epistemology Workshop, Madison WI, 30 September-1 October 2016.

“Grounds and Knowledge: Epistemological Motivations for Anti-Realis”, presented at the Uppsala Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy, 9 June 2016.

“Realism, Meta-semantics, and Risk”, presented at the Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy, 7 June 2016.

“Grounds and Knowledge: Epistemological Motivations for Anti-Realism”, presented at the St Louis Ethics Workshop, 4 December 2015.

“Grounds and Closure”, presented at the Australian National University, 30 March 2015.

“Grounds and Closure”, presented at the University of Sydney, 25 March 2015.

“Luck: Evolutionary and Epistemic”, presented at the University of St Andrews, 17 February 2015.

“Foundations for an Accuracy-based Approach to Imprecise Credence” (with Jason Konek), presented at the New Insights Workshop in Formal Epistemology, University of Oxford, 8-9 December 2014.

“Objectivity and Triviality”, presented at the Seminar in Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford, 13 October 2014.

“Expressivism and Normative Metaphysics”,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 Missouri-St Louis

Spring 2016: Phil 1160: Critical Thinking; Phil 5530/4430: Social and Political Philosophy.

Fall 2015: Phil 1130: Approaches to Ethics; Phil 5533/4487: Philosophy of Law.

at the University of Oxford

Hilary, Trinity, Michaelmas terms 2014: tutorials in Philosophy of Religion, 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.


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

2015-present: Pre-law advisor for the University of Missouri-St Louis.

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

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

Referee for Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics, Mind, Nous, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophers' Imprint, Ratio, Res Philosophica, Theoria, The Philosophical Review, The Philosophical Quarterly.

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.