Hello and welcome! I'm currently a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the department of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.
I am a moral philosopher with a specific focus on recent interactions between ethics and science. In particular, I investigate to what extent empirical research can weigh in on ethical and metaethical debates.
Here are some particular research questions that I attempt to answer:
–To what extent was moral belief shaped by evolution and/or culture?
–If our moral beliefs were shaped by evolution, can we know moral facts?
–Do evolutionary explanations of virtue and desert debunk their intrinsic value?
–Can neuroscience tilt the standoff between deontology and consequentialism?
–Does social psychology undermine the fundamental assumptions of virtue ethics?
I also have interests in applied ethics (esp. ethics of AI and medical ethics), political philosophy, cognitive science, philosophy of biology, and evolutionary theory.
After growing up in a small town in Idaho, I earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College and an M.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University. During my time between Brandeis and UT-Austin, I was a researcher in Susan Carey's Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard, and I am currently a member of Bertram Gawronski's Social Cognition Lab at UT-Austin.