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Curriculum Vitae:

AOS: Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion

AOC: Metaphysics, Epistemology

Education:

University of Notre Dame
PhD., 2017
Dissertation: “Committing to Equality: Distributive Justice, Community, and Economics;” Robert Audi (co-advisor,) Paul Weithman (co-advisor,) Sara Bernstein, Christopher Shields, James Sterba

College of William & Mary
B.A., Philosophy, 2012

Appointments:

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2017-2018

Publications:

  1. “Equality as a Moral Basis for Progressive Politics,” invited chapter in Ethics, Left and Right, ed. by Bob Fischer, Oxford University Press (under contract).
  2. (with Philip Swenson) “God and Moral Knowledge,” invited chapter in The New Theists, ed. by Kevin Vallier and Josh Rasmussen, Routledge (under contract).
  3. “Sufferer-Centered Requirements on Theodicy and All-Things-Considered Harms,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, 8, 71-95, 2017.
  4. “The Problem of Evil and the Suffering of Creeping Things,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 82(1), 71-88, 2017.
  5. “Wealth, Well-being, and the Danger of Having Too Much,” invited paper for an interdisciplinary special issue on economic inequality in Religions 8(5), 2017.
  6. “‘We are Here to Help Each Other’: Religious Community, Divine Hiddenness, and the Responsibility Argument,” Faith and Philosophy 32(1), 45-62, 2015.

Book Reviews:

  1. Religious Liberty: Essays on First Amendment Law, ed. by Daniel L. Robinson and Richard N. Williams, for Religious Studies Review 43(1), 49-50, 2017.
  2. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, ed. by Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, for Religious Studies Review, 43(4) (forthcoming).

Papers in progress, under review, or invited to appear in planned anthologies:

  1. “Eschatology for Creeping Things (And Other Animals),” invited to appear in Breaking the Boundaries: New Frontiers in Analytic Philosophy of Religion, ed. by Kevin Timpe and Blake Hereth, book proposal in progress.
  2. “Does the Difference Principle Deliver?” (under review).
  3. “Signaling and Symbolism in Ethics and Political Philosophy” (under review).
  4. “Social and Distributive Egalitarianism: Conflict, Concord, or Confusion?” (under review).
  5. “Gun Control, the Right to Self-Defense, and Reasonable Beneficence to All” (with Philip Swenson) (under review).
  6. “Social Equality Allows Little Economic Inequality.”
  7. “A Republican Argument Against Universal Criminalization”
  8. “The Simulation Hypothesis, Theism, and ‘Natural’ Evil.”
  9. “Wrongful Birth, Procreation, and the Afterlife” (with Adam Lerner).
  10. “Moral Indulgences” (with Rebecca Chan).
  11. “Modal Realism Implies Inductive Skepticism” (with Nevin Climenhaga).

Presentations:

  1. (with Philip Swenson) “Gun Control, the Right to Self-Defense, and Reasonable Beneficence to All,” Symposium at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, February 2018.
  2. “The Authority of Others and the Fate of Outlaws,” conference for the 60th anniversary of Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy,” University of Notre Dame, January 2018.
  3. (with Nevin Climenhaga) “Modal Realism Implies Inductive Skepticism,” Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Annual Fall Conference, University of Notre Dame, November 2017.
  4. (with Rebecca Chan) “Moral Indulgences,” Third Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop, College of William & Mary, October 2017.
  5. “The Simulation Hypothesis, Theism, and ‘Natural’ Evil,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Rutgers University, October 2016.
  6. “Wealth, Well-Being, and the Danger of Having Too Much,” at “Growing Apart: The Implications of Economic Inequality,” an interdisciplinary conference at Boston College, April 2016.
  7. “Theodicy for Creeping Things,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Messiah College, September 2015.
  8. “Protecting at-Risk People from Homophobia: Causal Inference in Same-Sex Parenting Research,” invited presentation at session on “Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science: Protecting At-Risk People,” Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, Chicago, November 2014.
  9. “Sufferer Centered-Constraints and Genuinely Regrettable Evils.”  Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, Brock University, May 2014.
  10. “Infinite Values, Epistemicist Worries and the Possibility of Parity.”  Canadian Philosophical Association, Brock University, May 2014.
  11. “Theodicy and Lousy but Inexhaustible Goods.”  Mountain-Pacific Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Carroll College, April 2014.
  12. “Sufferer Centered-Constraints and Genuinely Regrettable Evils.”  Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Trinity College, March 2014.
  13. “‘We are Here to Help Each Other’: Divine Hiddenness and Why Swinburne, Schellenberg and Dumsday All Get the Responsibility Argument (at Least Partly) Wrong,” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Victoria, June 2013.
  14. “‘We are Here to Help Each Other’: Divine Hiddenness and Why Swinburne, Schellenberg and Dumsday All Get the Responsibility Argument (at Least Partly) Wrong,” St. Louis University Annual Graduate Student Conference, SLU, March 2013.

Commentaries:

  1. Comments on “The Copernican Principle and Arguments from Evil” by Samuel Ruhmkorff, Central APA, March 2016.
  2. Comments on “Objectification, Mutuality and Autonomy” by Patricia Marino, retirement conference for Alan Goldman, College of William & Mary, September 2015.
  3. Comments on “Theism and Material Causality” by Felipe Leon,’ Pacific APA, Vancouver, April 2015.
  4. Comments on “Comparing Mozart to Michelangelo: the Inapplicability of Parity” by Jean-Charles Pelland, Canadian Philosophical Association, Brock University, May 2014.
  5. Comments on “William Hasker on Gratuitous Evil” by Klaas Kraay, Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, Brock University, May 2014.
  6. Comments on “Epistemic Uniqueness, Permissiveness, and Peer Disagreement” by Tim Tung-Ying Wu, Northwestern/Notre Dame Graduate Epistemology Conference, Northwestern University, April 2014.
  7. Comments on “Cartesianism and Epistemic Normativity” by Nevin Climenhaga, Northwestern/Notre Dame Graduate Epistemology Conference, University of Notre Dame, April 2013.

Workshops:

Theistic Ethics Workshop (to present “Moral Indulgences,”) College of William & Mary, October 2017

St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion, University of St. Thomas, June 2016

Awards:

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Graduate Student Essay Prize (for “Sufferer-Centered Requirements on Theodicy and All Things Considered Harms,”) 2014

Professional Service:

Editorial Assistant, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2017-2018.

Teaching Experience:

As an instructor at the University of Notre Dame:

Moral Problems, Spring 2018

Political Philosophy, Spring 2017

As an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College:

Introduction to Philosophy, Spring 2016

Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2015

Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2014

As a TA at the University of Notre Dame:

Introduction to Philosophy, under Christopher Shields

Medical Ethics, under David Solomon

Paradoxes, under Jeff Speaks

Introduction to Philosophy, under Meghan Sullivan