Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Areas of Specialization: Aesthetics, 19th and 20th Century Continental, Play, Ethics
  • Areas of Competence: History of Philosophy, Ethics, Logic
  • Dissertation: What’s At Play in Ethics? This project seeks to understand ethical selfhood and ethical life in light of the work of Martin Heidegger, Eugen Fink, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. In particular, I seek to shed light on the relationship between play and ethics. I argue that not only does play help give rise to an ethical subject, as is evidenced in childhood development, but also that play best characterizes the superabundant and relational nature of ethical subjects and communities.
  • Dissertation Committee: Rudolf Makkreel (director), John Lysaker, and Andrew Mitchell



Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapter

  • “Whoever Cannot Give, also Cannot Receive: Nietzsche’s Playful Spectator,” The Philosophy of Play, ed. Emily Ryall, Wendy Russell, and Malcolm MacLean (London: Routledge, 2013), 98-108.

Articles in Preparation

  • “Gadamer’s Rehabilitation of Taste”
  •  “Poetic Education: Gadamer on Play, Ethics, and Conversation”
  • “Existence and Co-Existence: Eugen Fink on Recognition”



Refereed Presentations

  • “Play and the Creativity of Limits: Poetry and World-Formation.” Society for Philosophy of Creativity, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting. Savannah, GA, January 3-6, 2018.
  • Panel Discussion: “How to Implement Teacher Training in Philosophy: Best Practices.” AAPT-APA Mini-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting. Baltimore, MD, January 4-7, 2017.
  • “Poetic Education: Gadamer on Play, Ethics, and Conversation.” Ethics of Play Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, November 18-20, 2014.
  • with Julia S. Haas. “Mentorship and Gender Equity in Undergraduate Philosophy Programs.” American Association of Philosophy Teachers Summer Conference, Atlanta, June 1, 2013.
  • “The Play of Ethics in Eugen Fink.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Rochester, November 2012.
  • “Narrative, Play, and Identity.” 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Boston, MA, March 22-24, 2012.
  • “Preserving Play in ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’,” Presented to: Heidegger Circle, Atlanta, May 2012; Participant’s Conference at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Cittá di Castello, July 2011.
  • “Nietzsche’s Playful Spectator.” Philosophy at Play, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, April 2011.

Invited Lecture

  • “On the Relationship Between Play and Practical Reason.” Practical Wisdom Speaker Series, University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Kenosha, WI, November 17, 2017

Paper Respondent

  • Respondent to Summer Renault-Steele “Philosophy of the City: Reading the World Through Siegfried Kracauer’s Urban Sketches.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting. Baltimore, MD, January 4-7, 2017.
  • Respondent to Whitney Howell, “Discerning the Temporality of Perception and Habit: Phenomenological Insights into the Structure of Learning.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 27-30.
  • Respondent to Shannon Vallor, “Perceptual Responsiveness as a Virtue: Notes for a Phenomenological Ethic.” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Diego, April 16-20, 2014.


Mount Mary University

Assistant Professor

  • Philosophy of Health (Spring 2018)
  • Search for Meaning(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Contemporary Issues in Ethics (Fall 2017)

Siena College

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Early Modern Philosophy (Spring 2015, Spring 2017)
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Fall 2016)
  • Ethics (Spring 2016)
  • Philosophy and the Human Being (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Philosophy of Art (Fall 2015)
  • Reason and Argument (Fall 2014)
  • Logic (Fall 2014)

Dillard University

Graduate Teaching Fellow

  • Feminism and Philosophy (Spring 2014)
  • Critical Thinking (Fall 2013)

Emory University


  • Introduction to Ethics (Spring 2013)
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Art (Fall 2012)
  • Introduction to Logic (Spring 2011)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Film (Fall 2010)

Co-Teacher (shared responsibilities for lectures and grading)

  • Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2010)

Teaching Assistant (shared responsibilities for grading)

  • Introduction to Logic (Fall 2009)




  • German: excellent reading comprehension, very good writing and speaking skills
  • French: good reading skills

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