I am a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. My research focuses on ethics and the moral psychology of emotions. I take a humanistic approach to these topics, drawing on literature and other arts to defend philosophical conclusions embedded in ordinary understanding. I tend to work in a pluralistic framework, at the intersections of historical and contemporary philosophy, as well as the continental and analytic traditions.
My dissertation is about romantic love. Three phases shape most long-term romantic relationships: courtship, partnership, and bereavement. I explore the normative problems with which each phase is fraught. The European Journal of Philosophy has published the first article from this project, "Love and Evaluative Conflict." I am preparing for publication papers on the ethics of seduction and the duration of grief over time. Other works in progress include a paper on art and grief in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time and a paper on the rationality of passion.
Prior to Maryland, I studied philosophy at Bard College and The New School for Social Research. At Maryland, I have taught courses on negative emotions, love and sex, existentialism, ethical theory, and contemporary moral issues. I have assisted courses on introduction to philosophy, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of religion. I advise philosophy majors as an undergraduate advisor. And I co-founded the department's Minorities and Philosophy chapter (MAPterps@umd.edu).