Living at the intersections of experience...
I have a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Philosophy, and an M.A. in Ethics and Policy Studies. My Ph.D. advisor was Prof. Cheshire Calhoun, Faculty Head and Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, and chair of the American Philosophical Association's board of officers. I am also the founding director of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion, and the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, and I was recently an academic visitor at the University of Sheffield, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.
My area of specialization is the philosophy of emotion and mind, and includes the philosophy of science, epistemology, moral psychology, and feminist philosophy. My areas of competence are the history of Ancient and Early Modern philosophy, Asian Philosophy (Buddhist Philosophy, Hindu Philosophy, Toaist Philosophy, and Confucian Philosophy), philosophy of language, metaphysics, experimental philosophy, ethics, and policy analysis.
I started teaching at the undergraduate level of higher education when I began working on my first graduate degree in Ethics and Policy Studies, and I have approximately 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level of higher education, with a wide range of institutions from community colleges to highly ranked institutions, such as Clemson University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Arizona State University.
Currently, I am an adjunct Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University - Firelands, while on the job market for a full-time academic teaching and research, or research only, position. I am also completing my monograph, Interdisciplinary Foundations for the Science of Emotion: Unification without Consilience, which is contracted for publication with Lexington Books. I also have works published in Hypatia, the Journal of Social Ontology, Mind and Language, The Philosophical Quarterly, Phenomenology and Mind, a chapter in The Value of Emotions for Knowledge (Candiotto ed., Palgrave Macmillan, May 2019), and a forthcoming edited collection on shame, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics, with (Lexington Books, August 2019).
After completing my forthcoming monograph, I intend to pursue research to further develop my interdisciplinary framework for the science of emotion, including carrying out projects on the import of emotions to public policies, and the use of experimental philosophy and other empirical methods to do so.
My monograph on the interdisciplinary foundations for the science of emotion is based on my Ph.D. dissertation, in which I relied on philosophical, psychological, and sociological research on emotions in order to develop a general framework for carrying out interdisciplinary research, especially in the field of emotion. 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 appreciated the fruits of their labor in this field of research, including within the various areas of our own discipline. It is for this reason--in order to help more philosophers and academics across disciplines understand the value of philosophy of emotion--that I founded both the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion and the Society for Philosophy of Emotion.