I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Peace & Justice Program at St. Norbert College. I defended my dissertation, The Marxian Theory of Ideology: A Reconstruction and Defense, in 2018 at the University of Chicago.
My main philosophical interests are (1) social & political philosophy and (2) 19th & 20th Century Continental philosophy. I am especially interested in the intersection of these two areas. My philosophical work draws on contemporary empirical work in social psychology and political science.
In particular, my research focuses on the extent to which our beliefs are shaped by social circumstances and political forces that undermine our justification for holding them, the extent to which our conscious understanding can conceal the origins of our beliefs and the functions they serve, as well as the consequences of this for our ethical and political life and theorizing.
In addition to researching and teaching, I am active in community work. Currently, my three areas of focus are mass incarceration, the foster care system, and refugees. I am always eager to hear from others who are working on these issues, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and tell me about your ideas and projects.