I am a fourth year PhD candidate in philosophy at Saint Louis University. My research interests are in epistemology, especially virtue theory and feminist epistemologies. In particular, I am concerned with issues of epistemic injustice. My dissertation project involves developing a virtue reliabilist explanation for the epistemic effects of marginalization.
I am currently instructor in Ethics at SLU. In my first through third years in the program, I was and Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Endowed Assistant to the Leonard and Elisabeth Eslick Chair of Philosophy, Dr. John Greco. In that role, I assisted with the Templeton Project on the philosophy and theology of intellectual humility. Additionally, I support his work as Editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly. Finally, I was Assistant Editor for the PhilPapers.org subcategory of Skepticism.
Since beginning the program at SLU, I developed (in coordination with the School of Adult and Online education) a fully asynchronous online Introduction to Philosophy course for Maryville University, and was the first instructor for the class.
Previously, I earned a Masters degree in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2012). My thesis, "Thomas Aquinas: Mind-Body Connection and the Afterlife" explores the relationship between Thomas Aquinas's psychology and his claims regarding the afterlife.
During my time at UMSL, I was Research and Teaching Assistant to Dr. Gualtiero Piccinini, with whom I created a course on Science and Religion under his grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. I assisted him in teaching that course when it was offered for the first time. Also at UMSL, I was the sole instructor for sections of Bioethics and Philosophy of Religion. Additionally, I have taught Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and Southwestern Illinois College, respectively.
Previously, I earned a Master of Liberal Arts (2010) at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on philosophy and religion. My advisor there, Dr. Claude Evans, oversaw my thesis on the application of Jewish religious law to contemporary environmental concerns. My BA is from Southeast Missouri State University, and my coursework there was advised by Dr. H. Hamner Hill.