Bio

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 at Arizona State University. I am also the founding director of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion, the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, and I was recently a visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.

I am a feminist philosopher with areas of specialization in the philosophy of emotion and mind, feminist philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of psychology. My areas of competence are metaphysics, ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of science, experimental philosophy, ordinary language philosophy, Asian philosophy (Hinduism, Buddhism, Doaism, and Confucianism), Ancient Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle), Modern philosophy (especially Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), Continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Sartre, and Foucault), and policy analysis.

I started teaching at the undergraduate level of higher education when I began working on my first graduate degree, and I have approximately 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level of higher education. I worked at 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.

My publications include an edited collection on shame, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics (Lexington Books), and 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), and two chapters in my edited collection on shame.

My overarching research interest is in identifying interdisciplinary foundations for the science of emotion and understanding the relationship between perception, cognition, emotion, language, and ultimately memory, which includes research on related concerns in the areas of philosophy of emotion, mind, metaphysics, language, epistemology, ethics, moral psychology, intersectional feminist philosophy (including the philosophy of race, gender, sexuality, and disability), experimental philosophy, science, and public policy, as well as research in the psychology, cognitive science, and the neuroscience of emotion, mind, and perception, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics of emotion.

My use of the term ‘science of emotion’ indicates a pluralistic framework, which I refer to as meta-semantic realism about the science of emotion. This framework incorporates a broad spectrum of theories of emotion—from realistic to eliminative theories about emotion—and it considers philosophy to be an essential aspect of the scientific enterprise. I develop and introduce this framework in my forthcoming monograph, along with a framework for a theory of emotion as a form of language, which I refer to as semantic-dualism about emotions. These are the foundations for my future research about the science of emotion and emotions as an object of inquiry.

You can also learn more about me by reading my CV, reading my current publications, reviewing my current research statement, and by reading my interview with Shelley Tremaine in "Dialogues on Disability."