AOS:   Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics (Normative and Applied)

AOC:  Philosophy of Law, History of Political Philosophy


2019-2020        Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno

2018-2019        Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2017-2018        Scholar in Residence, The Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy, University of Colorado Boulder

2016-2017        Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


PhD in Philosophy, Bowling Green State University (August 2016)

Dissertation: “Natural Rights and Convention”

Committee: Fred Miller (supervisor), Albert Dzur, Eric Mack, Kevin Vallier

B.S. in Political Science and Philosophy, Belmont University (May 2009)


2019    “Duty-Sensitive Self-Ownership,” Social Philosophy and Policy 36 (2): 264-283.

2017    “Rights Forfeiture Theorists Should Embrace the Duty View of Punishment,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (2): 317-327

2017    “The Conventionalist Challenge to Natural Rights Theory,” Social Theory and Practice 43 (3): 569-587.

2015    “Non-Aristotelian Political Animals,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (4): 293-311.

2013    “A Feminist Defense of the Unity of the Virtues,” Philosophia 41 (3): 693-702.

Teaching Experience

University of Nevada, Reno

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2019)

PHIL 244: Bioethics (Spring 2020)

PHIL 453/653: Philosophy of Law (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)

CH 201: Ancient and Medieval Cultures (Discussion leader, Fall 2019)

CH 203: American Experiences and Constitutional Change (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

PHIL 104: Introduction to Ethics (Fall 2018)

PHIL 107: Introduction to Political Philosophy (Fall 2016)

PHIL 214: Biomedical Ethics (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)

PHIL 250: Conceptions of Human Nature (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PHIL 421: Ethical Theories (Fall 2016, Spring 2019)

PHIL 422: Recent Developments in Ethics (New Tech & Social Change, Fall 2018)

PHIL 436: Philosophy of Law and of the State (State of Nature Theories, Spring 2017)

University of Colorado Boulder

CWCV 2000: The Western Tradition (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Bowling Green State University

PHIL 1010: Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2012, Fall 2015)

PHIL 1020: Introduction to Ethics (Spring 2013)

PHIL 2180: Philosophy of Law (Fall 2014, Spring 2016)

PHIL 2270: Philosophy of Punishment (Spring 2014)

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

“The Future of the Sharing Economy and the Value of Ownership,” at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, November 15, 2019

“A Lockean Defense of the State’s Right to Control Punishment,” at the PPE Society Conference, March 30, 2019

“Duty-Sensitive Self-Ownership” at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy Self-Ownership Workshop, April 19, 2018.

“A Feminist Defense of the Unity of the Virtues” at the Indiana Philosophical Association Fall Meeting, November 16, 2012.


Adam Smith Fellowship (2015-2016)

Humane Studies Fellowship (2010-2016; renewed each year)

Institute for Humane Studies Summer Graduate Research Fellowship (Summer 2015) 

Academic Visits

Spring 2015: Visiting Scholar at the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona


Referee for Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Public Affairs Quarterly, Social Theory and Practice

Organizer, panel event on Colorado’s Medical Aid in Dying Law, April 10, 2018

Judge, Colorado High School Ethics Bowl Regional Tournament, Feb 3, 2018

Assistant Coordinator, Bowling Green Workshops in Applied Ethics April 2013, March 2012, April 2011