This is my second year as assistant professor of philosophy at Utica College. This spring I am teaching Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and Technology, two sections of History and Philosophy of Science (co-taught with Dr. Lawrence Day of the Utica College Physics Department), and Critical Thinking. I also teach Evolution and its Discontents, Ethics, and Professional Ethics. Feel free to read my professor profile in the Utica College student newspaper here.
I have a PhD in philosophy and an MS in biology, both from Duke University. My most recent publications include “Drift sometimes dominates selection, and vice versa: A reply to Clatterbuck, Sober and Lewontin” (with Robert Brandon in Biology and Philosophy) and “Why Flying Dogs are Rare: A General Theory of Luck in Evolutionary Transitions” (with Robert Brandon in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, February 2015).
My research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, history of science (particularly Darwin), evolutionary theory, and biomedical ethics. I also have interests in the evolution of technology, philosophy and literature, existentialism, and Wittgenstein.
In my free time I enjoy classical music, opera, crocheting, old movies from the 1940s and 50s, and improving my graphic design skills.