Bio and Research Interests

I'm currently an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at University of California, Davis. My main areas of interest are Kant and other philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries (especially Leibniz). I also have side interests in philosophy of mind, social philosophy, logic and philosophy of logic, and philosophy of language. Before coming to Davis, I completed my PhD at Princeton University under the supervision of Desmond Hogan.

My research concerns the complicated relation between German philosophers Immanuel Kant and Gottfried Leibniz.  I argue that Kant's philosophy of mind is closer to Leibniz's than has previously been acknowledged. Nonetheless, Kant's view has a distinctive advantage over Leibniz's: it allows for the formation of true judgements about individuals. Along the way, I provide an account of Kant's elusive notion of an intuition within its historical context in 18th century German philosophy. You can find more information about my research here.

In addition to my historical work, I have research interests in the philosophy of race and social ontology. I have recently argued that we should reject varieties of social constructionist accounts of races which ground the reality of race on stereotypes or other belief-like representations.

Outside philosophy, I am an avid birdwatcher (you can find some of my favorite photos here). I also enjoy exploring new places by foot, usually with my lovely wife.

You can find a copy of my CV here.