I'm the Program Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at UCLA Extension. I'm also a teacher, a philosopher, and a father.
A brief biography: born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, I received my BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley in 2003. I spent a year in Minneapolis, Minnesota before returning to California to begin my graduate studies in philosophy at UCLA. While at UCLA I also taught philosophy at UCLA Extension. In 2012 I received my Ph.D. and moved to New Haven, Connecticut as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Whitney Humanities Center and the Department of Philosophy at Yale University. For the 2014–2015 academic year—after fifteen years away—I returned to Ohio as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at The Ohio State University. In early 2015 I accepted my current position at UCLA Extension.
I am interested in ethics, philosophy of action, and political philosophy. My current research focuses on moral responsibility, free will, and the metaphysics and justification of punishment.