I am completing my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. I expect to file my dissertation and graduate in May 2018. I did my A.B. in Philosophy at Harvard.
I work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of literature.
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).
Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information about my teaching, research, and service in philosophy.