I am a Bersoff Faculty Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at New York University for the academic year 2018-2019. In Fall 2019 I will join the Philosophy Department at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.
I work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of literature.
I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. In my dissertation, Knowing Yourself Is Something You Do, I explain the authority and value of self-knowledge by developing several new kinds of epistemic explanation rooted in agency. I show how control can play the role of justification in self-attribution of attitudes. I use the metaphysics of mental action to dissolve a puzzle about apparent inference from world to mind. And I demonstrate that the special value of self-knowledge is neither instrumental nor intrinsic, but emblematic: you want to have the kind of mind that can be robustly known in a distinctively first-personal way.
In further research, I examine the relationship between literature and the first-personal perspective. This further research into questions in philosophy and literature covers a number of questions in aesthetics and metaphysics as well. For instance: does our understanding of absurdist fiction threaten the viability of fictionalisms as positions in metaphysics? And can Kant's conception of a specially aesthetic modality of judgment extend to cover features of literature, which aren't strictly called 'beautiful' in judgments of taste?
I write short fiction as well as philosophy; I have two manuscripts of stories that are available on request. I like crossword puzzles and escape-the-room games. I run (slowly) and play tennis (with redeeming enthusiasm).