About Me

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. My work is primarily focused on the nature of fictional stories and their role in human life. I am originally from California. I attended The College of William and Mary as an undergraduate, and I got my PhD from Arizona State University.

I have a dog, named Zelda, who is a Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix. She has her own blog, which is a bit ridiculous. I also have a cat, named Commie, who does not have his own blog and would rather everyone just left him alone.

People tend to ask me for book recommendations, likely due to my area of specialization. So, here are a few suggestions in no particular order:

  • Wool, by Hugh Howey
  • Galileo’s Daughter, by Dava Sobel
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
  • Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
  • Sybil Exposed, by Debbie Nathan

People also tend to ask me for movie recommendations, so here are a couple of those as well:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Prestige

No one ever asks me for music suggestions. This is a good thing, as I have terrible taste in music. However, I strongly recommend you listen to Hamilton as soon as you can.

Finally, people ask me about chickens so much, I have set up a special FAQ.