About Me


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University Long Beach.


I received my PhD. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


My area of specialization is ethical theory.


My main research interests include well-being, happiness, and health; moral psychology; harms and benefits; reasons for action and rationality; contractualism in normative ethics; and synthetic (non-reductive) naturalism in metaethics.


My CV and several of my papers are available on my academia.edu website.


I regularly teach courses on normative ethics, metaethics, applied ethics, and existentialism. I also have teaching interests in contemporary analytic metaphysics and philosophy of language, as well as philosophy of art.


I received my BA in philosophy from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN). I studied for a short time at St. Catherine's College, Oxford and at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.


Here are some busts, portrayals, portraits, and photographs of some of my favorite philosophers.