Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Specialization:
Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

Areas of Competence:
Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophical Linguistics

Employment:
2017 - Present:  Associate Professor, University of Southern California
2010 - 2017:  Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Education:
2007 - 2011:  New York University
2005 - 2007:  Rutgers University
2002 - 2005:  Western Washington University, BA in Philosophy
2001 - 2002:  University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan

Publications:
Forthcoming: “Extensionality of Proper Part Containment”
         Philosophical Quarterly
Forthcoming: “Refining Four-Dimensionalism”
         Synthese
Forthcoming: “Atheistic Prayer”
         Faith and Philosophy
Forthcoming: “Simple Trinitarianism and Empty Names”
         Religious Studies
2017: “At It Again: Time-Travel and Motion”
         Erkenntnis, vol. 82, no. 1; pp. 185-198
2016: “Placement Permissivism and Logics of Location”
         Journal of Philosophy, vol. 113, no. 3; pp. 117-136
2016: “Simple Trinitarianism and Feature-Placing Sentences”
         Faith and Philosophy, vol. 33, no. 3; pp. 257-277
2015: “Shaping Up Location: Against the Humean Argument for the Extrinsicality of Shape”
         Philosophical Studies, vol. 172, no. 8; pp. 1973-1983
2015: “Fundamentality and Time-Travel”
         Thought, vol. 4, no. 1; pp. 46-61
2014
: Mereology and Location (with an introductory chapter by the editor)
         edited volume, Oxford University Press

2013: “Reasoning Without the Principle of Sufficient Reason”
         The Philosophy of Existence: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?, ed. Tyron Goldschmidt (New York:
         Routledge), pp. 64-79
2012: “Repeatable Artwork Sentences and Generics” (co-authored with Jake Ross)
          Art and Abstract Objects, ed. Christy Mag Uidhir (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 125-157
2012: “Many-One Identity and the Trinity”
         Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, vol. 4
2011: “Multilocation and Mereology”
         Philosophical Perspectives, vol. 25, pp. 253-276
2007: “Some Things About Stuff”
         Philosophical Studies, vol. 135, no. 3; pp. 407-423

In Progress:
Parts Across Space and Time
(book manuscript)
         Under contract with Oxford University Press
“Problems for Petitionary Prayer”
         R&R
“Fusion First”
         R&R
“A Simple Overlap Problem”
“Weak Supplementation and Presentism” with Alberto Tassoni
“Hylomorphic Change” with Maegan Fairchild
“Conditional Desires”

Presentations:
TBA
         The Arizona Ontology Conference, January 2018
         Pepperdine University, January 2018
         The University of Notre Dame, November 2017
“A Simple Overlap Problem”
         The Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network, June 2017
“Fusion First”
         The Pisa Conference on Mereology and Identity, July 2017
         California State University, Los Angeles, March 2017
         Texas Tech University, February 2017
         The Creighton Club, Syracuse University, October 2016
“Problems for Petitionary Prayer”
         The Eastern Division Meeting of the APA, January 2017
“Atheistic Prayer”
         The Nature and Value of Faith Workshop, July 2016
“Simple Trinitarianism”
         Oxford Conference on the Metaphysics of the Trinity, March 2016
“Refining Four-Dimensionalism”
         The Central Division Meeting of the APA, February 2015
“Shaping Up Location: Against the Humean Argument for the Extrinsicality of Shape”
         The Metaphysics on the Mountain Conference, March 2014
         The Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, April 2013
“Reasoning Without the Principle of Sufficient Reason”
         The Baylor / Georgetown / Notre Dame Philosophy of Religion Conference, October 2013
“Placement Permissivism and Logics of Location”
         University of Southern California, April 2016
         University of California, Riverside, April 2015
         Berkeley, March 2015
         Oxford University Mereology Workshop, March 2014
         Southwest Graduate Conference at Arizona State University (Keynote), April 2014
         California State University, San Bernardino, February 2013
         The University of Pittsburgh, October 2012
         The Carolina Metaphysics Workshop, June 2012
Repeatable Artwork Sentences and Generics
         The Dubrovnik Conference, on the Ontology of Art, June 2013
         Western Washington University (alumni conference), May 2012
         The University of Manitoba, March 2012
         The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, October 2011

Multilocation and Mereology
         The University of California, Irvine, December 2011
         The Third Vagueness and Metaphysics Workshop, September 2011
         The Northwest Student Philosophy Conference (guest presentation), May 2010
         The University of Southern California, February 2010
         Western Washington University Mereology Workshop, January 2006

At It Again:  Time Travel and Motion
         Western Washington University, May 2009
         The Central Division Meeting of the APA, April 2007
         Rutgers University, March 2007
“Many-One Identity and the Trinity”
         The Sixth Baylor Philosophy of Religion Conference, November 2010
         The Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, April 2007
         The Midwest Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, April 2006
“Three Puzzles for Desire Fulfilment”
         To the Undergraduate Philosophy Club at Rutgers University, November 2005
Conditional Desires”
         The Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, March 2006
         Rutgers University, March 2006
         The 57th Northwest Philosophy Conference, October 200
         Western Washington University, March 2005 and July 2005
         The 7th Rocky Mountain Student Conference, March 2005
“Some Things About Stuff”
         The 2nd Arché Graduate Conference, February 2005
         The 101st Eastern Division Meeting of the APA, December 2004
         Western Washington University, November 2004
         The 56th Northwest Philosophy Conference, October 2004
         The 8th Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April 2004

Comments Presented:
Comments on Jonathan Schaffer's
The Action of the Whole”
         The Arizona Ontology Conference, January 2013
Comments on Andrew Bailey's “A Priority Problem for the Constituent Solution”
         The Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, April 2011
Comments on Dan and Frances Howard-Snyder's “The Puzzle of Petitionary Prayer”
         The Baylor Philosophy of Religion Conference, January 2010
Comments on Derek Jones' “Digging for Gold:  A Defense of Scientific Essentialism”
         The 3rd Northwest Student Philosophy Conference, May 2005
Comments on Neal Tognazzini's “Planning Around Perfect Knowledge: A Dilemma”
         The 1st Northwest Student Philosophy Conference, May 2003

Presentations for the General Public:
“It's About Time”

         Canada/USA Mathcamp, July 2014
“An Introduction to Hyperspace”
         Nerd Nite NYC, August 2007

Courses Taught:
Metaphysics Seminar (500-level)
         University of Southern California, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2016
Metaphysics Seminar (400-level)
         University of Southern California, Spring 2013, Spring 2016
Metaphysics and Epistemology (300-level)
         University of Southern California, Fall 2011
Issues in Space and Time (200-level)
         University of Southern California, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
Knowledge, Reality, and the Cosmos (200-level)
         University of Southern California, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
The Physical World and Our Place In It (100-level): University of Southern California, Fall 2015
         University of Southern California, Fall 2015
History of Ancient Philosophy (100-level)
         New York University, Summer 2009, University of Southern California, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2015
Introduction to Philosophy Through Film (100-level)
         Rutgers University, Winter 2006

Departmental and Professional Service:
Conferences I've Organized:
       
The 6th California Metaphysics Conference, on Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion, USC, January 2017
       
The 5th California Metaphysics Conference, on Parthood, USC, January 2016
       The 4th California Metaphysics Conference, on the Relationship Btwn Logic and Metaphysics, USC, Jan 2015
       The 3rd California Metaphysics Conference, on Ordinary Objects, USC, January 2014
       The 2nd California Metaphysics Conference, on Metaphysically Relevant Linguistics, USC, January 2013
       The 1st California Metaphysics Conference, on Persistence, USC, January 2012
       Philosophy of Mathematics Conference at New York University, Spring 2009
       Student Philosophy of Religion Conference at Rutgers University, January 2007
         Mereology, Topology and Location Conference at Rutgers University, October 2006
       The 3rd Northwest Student Philosophy Conference at Western Washington University, May 2005
    
     The 2nd Northwest Student Philosophy Conference at Western Washington University, May 2004
Conferences I've Assisted in Organizing:
       The 8th Formal Epistemology Workshop, at the University of Southern California, May 2011
       The 7th Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2006
       Metaphysical Mayhem at Rutgers University,  June 2006
       The 6th Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2005
       The 5th Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2004
         The 4th Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August2003
Other Events I've Organized:
         Philosophy Laser-Tag
         Philosophy Hikes
         Philosophy Picnics (at NYU and USC)
         Philosophy Ice-Skating
         Philosophy Art-Walks

Other Service:

         Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2016, 2017

         USC Culture and Outreach Committee Co-Chair, 2016-2017
         USC Job Search Comm
ittee, 2010-14
         USC Graduate Recruitment Committee, 2012-17
         USC Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2011-17
         USC Graduate Admissions Committee, 2011-12
         NYU Colloquium Committee 2008-09
Volunteer Teaching:
         Metaphysics teacher in the NYU High-School Outreach program, Fall 2009
Referee for:
         American Philosophical Quarterly
         The Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Faith and Philosophy
Mind

         
Nous
         Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
         Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
         Philosophy Compass
         Philosophical Studies
         Thought (member of the editorial panel)

 

Last Updated April, 2016