Bio

Presently, I work in the Department of Philosophy at Florida State University, where I am both Teaching Faculty and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Though my focus is on exceptional teaching, I have a number of research interests that inform the courses I develop or teach. My research primarily pursues intersections between the philosophy of cognitive science and applied ethics, most especially regarding nonhuman animals and neurodivergent persons. Additionally, I am interested in both aesthetics and the metaphysics of death.

Beyond this more formal (read: paid) work, I created and continue to run a public philosophy series called ‘Brain Freeze.’ The goals of the series are multiple: to support FSU’s MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) chapter, to facilitate discourse across academic disciplines, and to promote community-building beyond the confines of academia. Brain Freeze features short talks from a variety of philosophers with diverse interests, typically coupled with ice cream/kreme. All folx welcome.

Before coming to FSU, I taught at University of North Florida, York University (Toronto), University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, and Mid-South Community College. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy at University of Memphis, after completing other degrees at Vanderbilt University and Christian Brothers University. Towards the end of my doctoral program, I was also a visiting student at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany).

When I’m not philosophizing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three cats, reading memoirs, learning more about surrealist art, and taking photographs of pigeons and ducks.

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