I am an Assistant Professor at D’Youville College in the Department of Liberal Arts and the Co-Coordinator of the Radical Philosophy Association. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a dissertation entitled “Situating Language: Language, Practice, and Meaning in the Thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger.” My primary research is in 20th Century Continental Philosophy with a special emphasis on the theories of language, mind, and meaning developed by Wittgenstein and Heidegger and their intersections with Political and Social Theory. I also have interests in Environmental Philosophy and in 19th Century German Philosophy.
I have nearly a decade of teaching experience ranging from D’Youville College, an independent Catholic college that emphasizes intimate classroom engagement, to the University of Kentucky, Indiana University Southeast, Jefferson Community and Technical College, and even San Quentin Penitentiary. In these varied institutions, I have honed my craft as an educator and worked effectively with students from a wide range of class, race, and cultural backgrounds. I am a historian and a generalist by training and, even though my research focus is in 20th Century Continental Philosophy, I have taught a large cross-section of courses that span the global history of philosophy. At D’Youville, I teach Philosophy and the Human Condition; Ethics in Theory and Action; Freedom, Death, and Meaning; Eastern Philosophy; Philosophy of the Person; Philosophy of Nature; Western Ancient Philosophy; and Late Modern Philosophy.
I am a longtime activist against exploitation of labor, war, prisons, police violence, and environmental devastation and have worked with such organizations as the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition, No Borders Collective, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Mountain Justice, the Prison University Project, and Berkeley Copwatch.