I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy and a 2019 Civitas Dei Fellow. I specialize in Normative Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy, with a focus on theoretical difficulties concerning the morality of creating people. In my dissertation, I apply ideas from classical Thomism to the non-identity problem.
Outside of my academic research, my main interests are weight training, music, and science fiction (especially cyberpunk). I have recently begun developing a course on philosophical themes in science fiction literature and cinema. I am also currently working on a synthwave musical project. I plan to self-release a collection of my best material in the near- to medium-term.
2020 - Graduate Prize for “On a Supposed Duty Not to Create Deficient Lives (That Are Worth Living),” awarded by the NYU Center for Bioethics
2019 - Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship, awarded by the Thomistic Institute and the Institute for Human Ecology
2019 - Scholarship to attend the Catholic and Dominican Institute’s 9th Annual Philosophy Workshop, awarded by the Thomistic Institute and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
2014-2015 - Friends of Philosophy Pre-Dissertation Stipend, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
“On a Supposed Duty Not to Create Deficient Lives (That Are Worth Living)” to be presented at the 1st Annual Philosophical Bioethics Workshop, New York University (postponed due to COVID-19)
“Natural Teleology and Contingent Identities: A Classical Thomistic Approach to a Procreative Puzzle” at the 7th Annual Graduate Student Workshop in Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, November 2019
“Classical Natural Law Theory and the Non-Identity Problem” at the 14th Spring Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Moody Bible Institute, March 2019