BA Philosophy and Cognitive Science (University of California, San Diego, 1995); PhD Philosophy (University of Chicago, 2006)

Academic background

I earned my BA in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, and my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. Before moving to Oxford in 2008, I worked for two years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, located on the central coast of my home state.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach post-Kantian European philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology, logic, and early modern philosophy.

Research interests

Post-Kantian European philosophy, especially phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty); philosophy of mind, esp the theory of intentionality; some issues in metaphysics.


European Journal of Philosophy - Editor. Published quarterly in March, June, September and December.


Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World: The McDowell-Dreyfus Debate (editor, Routledge, 2012)

Horizons of Intentionality: From Husserl to Heidegger (monograph in progress)


1. “Judgment and Ontology in Heidegger’s Phenomenology” (The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, VII, 2008)

2. “Experience and Self-Consciousness” (Philosophical Studies, 2009)

3. “Are We Essentially Rational Animals?” (Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World, ed. Joseph K. Schear (Routledge, 2012))

4. “Introduction: A Battle of Myths” (Mind, Reason, and Being-in-the-World, ed. Joseph K. Schear (Routledge, 2012))

5. “Historical Finitude” (The Cambridge Companion to Being and Time, ed. Mark Wrathall, 2012)

6. “Understanding as a Finite Ability” (forthcoming in Wittgenstein and Heidegger, eds. Aaron Wedland, David Egan, and Steven Reynolds (Routledge, 2013))

7. “Phenomenology and Metaphysics: On Moore’s Heidegger” (Philosophical Topics, 2015)

8. “Sein” (4000 word entry, forthcoming in The Heidegger Lexicon, ed. M. Wrathall, Cambridge U. Press)

9. “Logical Psychologism and the Foundations of Phenomenology” (in press in a volume on Heidegger and his Anglophone Reception, ed. Pietro D’Oriano (Indiana University Press))

10. “The Intelligibility of a Mood”  (in preparation for Midwest Studies in Philosophy, special issue on The Phenomenology of Affective Life)

11. “The Phenomenology of Judgment” (in preparation for Judgment in the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, ed. Christian Barth)

12. “Houses and Zoning Laws” (in preparation for a volume on phenomenology in honour of Steven Crowell’s work, ed. Irene McMullin)

Other interests and activities

Trying to figure out Cricket.