Living at the intersections of experience...
My area of specialization is the philosophy of emotion, and includes the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, social epistemology, moral psychology, and feminist philosophy. My areas of competence are the history of Ancient and Early Modern philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, experimental philosophy, non-Western, Philosophy, and policy analysis.
I am currently an adjunct Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University, while on the job market for a full-time academic teaching and research position; and I am currently working on my edited collection, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics and my monograph, Interdisciplinary Foundations for the Science of Emotion: Unification without Consilience, which are both contracted for publication with Lexington Books.
I am also the founder of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion, and the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion. I was recently an academic visitor at the University of Sheffield, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Cambridge.
I have a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy, and an M.A. in Ethics and Policy Studies. My Ph.D. advisor was Prof. Cheshire Calhoun, CLAS Trustee Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, chair of the American Philosophical Association's board of officers, and Research Professor at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Philosophy of Freedom.
Relying on both philosophical, psychological, and sociological research on emotions, I provided a general framework for carrying out interdisciplinary research, especially in the field of emotion, for my Ph.D. dissertation. My Ph.D. dissertation was, therefore, not only a contribution to developing a science of emotion, but also a contribution to the project of unifying knowledge across academia. My arguments focused on the questions of what an adequate theory of emotion entails from an interdisciplinary perspective and of the fruitfulness of interdisciplinary research on emotion to the areas of philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and the discipline of psychology.
The field of emotion has been a rich and fruitful field for many disciplines, but philosophers of emotion, especially in the United States, have not until recently seen the fruits of their labor in this field of research, especially within the various areas of our own discipline. It is for this reason--in order to help more philosophers and academics across disciplines see the value of philosophy of emotion--that I founded both the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion and the Society for Philosophy of Emotion.