My PhD in philosophy is from Rutgers University where my dissertation was co-advised by Jeffrey King and Ernest Lepore and I was a member of the semantics group at the Center for Cognitive Science. Prior to that, I earned a master’s in philosophy at Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s from Biola University.
My research is mostly in the philosophy of language and neighboring corners of metaphysics and epistemology. It has lately clustered around three topics:
- propositional anaphora,
- the interpretive effects of discourse structure, and
- how a speaker’s epistemic position is represented in conversation.
I’m especially interested in the semantics and pragmatics of expressions relevant to these topics. That includes, but is not limited to, response markers like yes and no, parenthetical verbs, grammaticalized evidentials, and knows.
Prospective students for UW-Milwaukee’s master’s degree in philosophy should consider the language and linguistics emphasis. No other terminal master’s program in philosophy offers such an emphasis. That Milwaukee is home to the best basketball team in the NBA is also a factor worth considering.