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Department of Philosophy
Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind
Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science, Early
Modern Philosophy, Nineteenth Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Computing, Feminist Philosophy
Ph.D, Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2010
Dissertation: Essays on Overdetermination
Advisors: L.A. Paul, Terence Horgan
M.A., Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2008
A.B. (Honors), Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2004
Visiting scholar, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2009-2010.
Visiting scholar, MIT, 2008-2009.
Visiting scholar, Australian National University, June-July 2008.
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Duke University. 2013-2014
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Duke University. 2010-
"Omissions as Possibilities" (forthcoming in Philosophical Studies)
"Overdetermination Underdetermined" (under review)
"Tangled Up in Blue" (under review)
"Trumping and Causal Connection" (under review)
"Actual and Counterfactual Redundancy"
"Free Will and Mental Causation" (with Jessica Wilson)
"Three Concepts of Time Travel" commissioned for Festschrift for Peter Van Inwagen
"Nowhere Man: Time Travel and Spatial Location" commissioned for Time Travel, ed. Richard Hanley, Oxford University Press
Review of Yuri Balashov's Persistence and Spacetime, for Mind
Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 2014.
"Actual and Counterfactual Redundancy"
Causation: New Prospects, Collège de France, Paris, France, December 2013.
Australasian Association of Philosophy, Brisbane, Australia, July 2013.
Pacific APA, San Francisco, CA, March 2013.
"Mental Causation and Free Will"
The Metaphysics of Free Will, Norweigan University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway, April 2013.
"Omissions as Possibilities"
St. Louis University (keynote for St. Louis University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference), St. Louis, MO, April 2013.
Boise State University, Boise, ID, April 2013.
California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, March 2013.
Values and Virtues, Beijing, China, November 2012.
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 2012.
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 2012.
Pacific APA, Seattle, WA, April 2012.
"Time Travel: A Practical Guide"
Boise State University, Boise, ID, April 2013. (public lecture)
"A Metaphysical Puzzle about Moral Difference"
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 2011.
Duke University, Durham, NC, February 2010.
Eastern APA, New York City, New York, December 2009.
PhilMilCog, Ontario, Canada, May 2009.
Eminees Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 2009.
Updating the Agenda for the Metaphysics of Mind, University of Missouri at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, March 2009.
Philsoc Series, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, July 2008.
"Overdetermination and Counterfactual Sensitivity"
Pacific APA, San Diego, CA, April 2011.
Powers, Dispositions, and Singular Causation, Buffalo, New York, April 2008.
UCLA/ USC Graduate Conference, Los Angeles, California, February 2008.
Northwest Philosophy Conference, Portland, OR, October 2007.
"The Social Composition Question"
WiP Series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, February 2009.
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (poster), Boulder, CO, August 2008.
Australasian Association of Philosophy, Melbourne, Australia, July 2008.
On Carolina Sartorio's "The Right Kind of Cause" at Back at the Ranch, Tucson, AZ, January 2013.
On Jonathan Schaffer's "Apt Causal Models for the Law" at Pacific APA, Committee on Law and Philosophy, Seattle, WA, April 2012.
On Daniel Korman's "The Language of the Ontology Room" at Central APA, Chicago, IL, Februrary 2012.
On Randolph Clarke's "Absence of Action" at Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2011.
On Alexander Pruss' "Aristotelian Forms and Laws of Nature" at Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference: Aristotelian Themes in Contemporary Metaphysics, Boise, Idaho, April 2011.
On Karen Bennett's "Construction Area (No Hard Hat Required)" at Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, Washington, August 2010.
On Michael Hartsock's "Explaining Absences" at Pacific APA, San Francisco, California, April 2010.
On Justin Tiehen's "Explaining Causal Closure" at Northwest Philosophy Conference, Forest Grove, Oregon, October 2009.
On Kris McDaniel's "The Metaphysics of Axiology and the Welfare of Animals" at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, Colorado, August 2009.
On Kevin Sharpe's "Standard Compatibilism and the Problem of Causal Exclusion", Pacific APA, Vancouver, Canada, April 2009.
On Cathleen Muller's "Reply to Everett's 'Against Fictional Realism" at UMass Amherst Graduate Conference in Metaphysics, Amherst, MA, March 2009.
On David Shoemaker's "What's Identity Got to Do With It?" at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 2008.
On Achille Varzi's "Boundaries, Conventions, and Reality" at Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference: Carving Nature at its Joints, Pullman, Washington, March 2008.
On Alexander Skiles' "Ordinary Objects and Overdetermination" at Northwest Philosophy Conference, Portland, OR, October 2007.
On Jason Turner's "Ontological Pluralism" at Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2007.
Invited Participant, Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2012.
Invited Participant, 2012 Carolina Metaphysics Workshop, Duck, NC, June 2012.
Invited Participant, 2011 Carolina Metaphysics Workshop, Duck, NC, June 2011.
Invited Participant, Putting Powers to Work: A Conference on Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, April 2011.
Panelist (with J. Richard Gott, John Kessel, and John Roberts), A Time Travel Event, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, April 2011.
Invited Participant, Pittsburgh Causation Workshop, Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2008.
Invited Participant, Syracuse Mental Causation Workshop, Syracuse, NY, December 2007.
Teaching Evaluations in Top 5% of all Undergraduate Instructors at Duke: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, and Spring 2012
H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellowship, 2008-2009.
Arizona Department of Philosophy Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, 2007-2008.
Arizona Department of Philosophy Feinberg Dissertation Fellowship (merit-based), 2008.
Arizona Graduate Student Fellowship, 2004-2005.
Graduate Seminar: Philosophy of David Lewis (Spring 2013)
Philosophy of Space and Time (Spring 2013)
Graduate Dissertation Seminar (Spring 2013)
Graduate Seminar on Metaphysics of Time and Time Travel (Spring 2012)
Graduate Seminar on Meta-metaphysics (Spring 2011)
Appearance and Reality (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011)
Twentieth Century Philosophy (Spring 2008)
Nineteenth Century Philosophy (Fall 2007)
Philosophy in Literature (Spring 2007)
Minds, Brains, and Computers (Summer 2006)
To the profession:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Oxford University Press
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Review of Philosophy and Psychology
To the Duke Philosophy Department:
Search Committee, 2012-2013
Search Committee, 2011-2012
Founder and co-organizer (with Walter Sinnott-Armonstrong), Annual Triangle-Area Philosophy Symposium
Planning Committee, 2012 Chapel Hill Colloquium
Planning Committee, 2011 Chapel Hill Colloquium
To the Arizona Philosophy Department:
Conference organizer (with Peter van Inwagen, Michael Loux, L.A. Paul, and Dana Goswick), Relational versus Constituent Ontologies, 2009-2010
Conference organizer (with L.A. Paul), 2009 Arizona Ontology Conference, 2008-2009
Conference organizer (with L.A. Paul), 2008 Arizona Ontology Conference, 2007-2008
Graduate representative to the faculty, 2006-2007
Committee on Graduate Placement, 2006-2007