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I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Spring of 2012. My dissertation focused on the theory of modality (especially the metaphysics of modality) in René Descartes and the Cartesian philosopher Antoine Arnauld.  I worked with Steven Nadler (chair) and Alan Sidelle and Peter Vranas (committee members).  I have been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UVU since the summer of 2012.  Prior to coming to UVU, I spent one year as a visiting (graduate student) fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at University of Notre Dame where I worked on theodician issues in the 17th Century, especially concerning Descartes, Malebranche and Arnauld.  

My main research interests are in the metaphysics and epistemology of René Descartes and other Cartesians, e.g., Nicolas Malebranche and Antoine Arnauld.  More information on my research interests is available here.  

I regularly teach courses on 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, including a survey course and several more focused topical courses.  Among the topical courses I’ve taught, some focus on the work of a particular historical figures, (e.g., Descartes, Spinoza and Kant), while others examine a single topic/issue in the period (e.g., God and Evil).  More information on my teaching is available here.