Education

 

Florida State University                                                              

Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, 2020                            

Bioethics Certificate

Dissertation Adviser: Al Mele

“Empirical Problems for Backward-Looking Accounts of Moral Responsibility and Punishment”

 

Georgia State University                                     

MA, Philosophy (Neurophilosophy track), 2015                                                                                

Thesis Adviser: Eddy Nahmias

 

University of Michigan                                                   

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 2012

Honors Thesis Adviser: Ishani Maitra

Research Areas

 

Specialization: Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Action, Ethics

Competence: Bioethics, Logic, Philosophy of Mind               

 

Publications

 

“Enhancing the Nature-of-Activities Account of Enhancement”

Neuroethics, 11: 323-335, 2019.

 

“The Importance of Correctly Explaining Intuitions: Why Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative”

The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics, 3(1): 364-382, 2014.

Works in Progress

 

(In Review) “Looking Forward to Desert: Moral Responsibility and Forward-Looking Considerations”

 

“The Punishment Puzzle”

 

“A Darwinian Dilemma for Retributivists”

 

Presentations

“The Punishment Puzzle”

2019: 65th Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association in Gainesville, FL

"Looking Forward to Desert: Moral Responsibility and Forward-Looking Considerations"

2019: European Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Athens, Greece

2019: Experimental Philosophy Conference at the University of Bern, Switzerland (poster)

 

"Forward-Looking Considerations and Moral Responsibility"                 

2018: Florida State University Experimental Philosophy Research Group

 

"A Problem for Armstrong’s Theory of Laws"

2017: 63rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Society in Ocala, FL

 

"Why Less Praise for Enhanced Performance? The Nature of the Nature-of-Activities Justification"

2016: University of Michigan-Flint Center for Cognition and Neuroethics Conference on Free Will in Flint, MI

 

"Indeterminism, Agent Causation, and Explanation"                                      

2016: St. Louis University Graduate Conference

 

"Why Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative"        

2014: University of Michigan-Flint Center for Cognition and Neuroethics Conference on Free Will

2014: Florida State University Graduate Philosophy Conference on Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency

 

Comments

 

Joshua Habgood’s “Knowledge How, Abilities, and Questions”

2016: Minds Online Conference

 

Derek Lam’s “The Dilemma Defense and Remaining Agnostic in the Right Way”

2017: Florida State University Graduate Philosophy Conference on Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency        

 

Academic Awards and Distinctions

 

Graduation with Distinction (MA thesis): Georgia State University, 2015

Awarded for defending a thesis that was judged to merit distinction and a permanent record of this distinction as well as a GPA above 3.85. MA thesis title: “The Importance of Correctly Explaining Intuitions: Why Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative”

 

Graduation with Honors (BA thesis): University of Michigan, 2012

Awarded for having successfully defended a thesis at an oral exam, conducted by a committee of two professors, as well an exceptional GPA. BA thesis title: “On the Permissibility of Lying”

 

James B. Angell Scholar: University of Michigan, 2012

       Awarded for achieving an all “A” record for two or more consecutive terms.

 

Bell Scholarship ($40,000): University of Michigan, 2008

A merit-based scholarship intended for students who show exceptional academic talent, reside in an eligible geographic area, and are pursuing an undergraduate, science-related degree.

 

Service

 

Minorities and Philosophy: Florida State University                                                                  

Conference organizer, 2020: Treasurer and secretary, 2019-current

New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility                     

Conference session chair, 2019

  

Philosophy Graduate Student Association: Florida State University                             

Social chair, 2019-2020: Treasurer and secretary, 2017-2018

 

Florida State University Experimental Philosophy Research Group                         

Member, participant, contributor, 2018-current

 

Florida State Graduate Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference   

Conference organizer, 2016

 

Big Brother Big Sister: Tallahassee, Florida                                                                                            

Big Brother (Mentored an underprivileged student in junior high), 2015-2016

 

Phi Sigma Tao International Honor Society in Philosophy: Georgia State University                        

Member, 2014-current

 

MStars Make-a-Wish Foundation: University of Michigan                                                        

Event organizer, fund raiser, 2010-2012

 

Additional Research Experience

Research Assistant for Al Mele: Florida State University, 2018-current

Assisted Al Mele with research projects including assisting with publication preparation, corresponding with collaborators, acquiring research materials and other miscellaneous tasks.         

                                     

Research Assistant for Eddy Nahmias:Georgia State University, 2013-2014

Assisted Eddy Nahmias with research projects including reviewing and editing papers before publication, creating a professional website and other miscellaneous tasks.