I am a fifth 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. My committee includes John Greco, Eleonore Stump, Penny Weiss (Political Science), and Miranda Fricker (CUNY).
I recently attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute 2016: Presupposition and Perception at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At the Institute, I presented my paper, "Some virtue reliabilist reasons to accept the claims of standpoint theorists," and read, talked, and learned about "varieties of top-down effects on perception, the epistemology of top-down effects, moral and political perception, and perception in aesthetics."
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, John Greco. In that role, I assisted with the Templeton Project on the philosophy and theology of intellectual humility. Additionally, I supported his work as Editor of the American Philosophical Quarterly, and was Assistant Editor for the PhilPapers.org subcategory of Skepticism. (I am currently Leaf Editor for the PhilPapers.org category of Epistemic Injustice.)
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. Additionally, I participated in the 2014 American Philosophical Association and American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy, held at College St. Benedict and St. John’s University; details here.
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.