Hello and welcome! In the spring of 2022, I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. I'm currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
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 truths?
–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 University.