I am currently working on a PhD in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I previously completed an MA in philosophy at Western Michigan University. My primary philosophical interests are in metaphysics (modality, especially impossibility, composition, identity, and persistence), metametaphysics (ontological commitment and the role of theoretical virtues in theory choice) and the philosophy of logic (conditionals). I am also interested in epistemology (modal epistemology, internalism/externalism, and contextualism) as well as metaethics (particularly the epistemology of ethics and the role of theoretical virtues in ethical theory choice). In addition I am interested in the history and philosophy of the sciences, particularly astronomy and biology.
While I was at WMU I served as a teaching assistant for courses in critical thinking, as well as the instructor of record for courses in biomedical and environmental ethics.
When I am not teaching or reading, I spend my time creating and listening to music, especially blues, americana, and rock. I play several instruments including the violin, but I am primarily focused on the guitar and harmonica of late. I can also be found watching spaghetti westerns and Kurosawa films.
Above photos by Matthew Miller