About

I am an associate professor in philosophy and associated faculty for linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I arrived in 2018; I was tenured in 2021. For the 2021-2022 school year, I am supported by a grant through the Honesty Project to write about linguistic deception.

My PhD in philosophy is from Rutgers University where 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 in philosophy from Biola University. I grew up in Puyallup, Washington.

In much of my work, I try to understand conversation—its rules, its structure, its purpose(s). This broad interest makes it hard to stay in my disciplinary lane. Accordingly, my work zigs and zags through linguistics, computer science, psychology, and social science en route to philosophical conclusions. Topics I have written about include speech acts, discourse coherence, hedging, and propositional anaphora.

Within philosophy, my expertise is in philosophy of language and mind. But I have also written in metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and metaethics. You can find preprints for my published papers at philpapers.