Philosophy’s job is to help us think clearly about our lives, so my teaching emphasizes the relevance of philosophical texts and concepts to the world and culture in which my students live. I specialize in phenomenology, but enjoy teaching and researching contemporary Analytic and Continental philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy.
I began my academic career as a computer science major, minoring in music. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in computer science, I entered the philosophy M.A. program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. While there, I found my training as a computer science major in problem-solving and designing internally-consistent systems had prepared me well for the study of philosophy. Furthermore, the mathematics education I had received as a computer science major enabled me to tutor mathematics for WCUPA’s Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) and Academic Development Program (ADP).
In 2004, I enrolled in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America (CUA). From Fall 2006 to Spring 2011, I taught the two courses of the first year history of philosophy sequence (see my CV for more information). In Spring 2011, I taught Contemporary Philosophy (covering Analytic and Continental thinkers) and in Summer 2011, I taught Philosophy of God (covering classic and contemporary arguments about the existence and nature of God).
On April 15th of 2011, I successfully defended my dissertation, Empty and Filled Intentions in Husserl’s Early Work (directed by Msgr. Robert Sokolowski), and I graduated with my Ph.D. on May 14th, 2011.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, I continued teaching the first year history of philosophy sequence at CUA, now as a Lecturer. In the Fall of 2011, I taught PHIL324, “Existentialism,” at University of Maryland as a Lecturer, and in the Spring of 2012, I taught PHIL351, “Introduction to Symbolic Logic,” at CUA.