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I was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California in 1984. My father was in business and my mother was originally a secondary school algebra teacher and later became a University professor of Education. Both of their work experiences influenced the way I saw the world, both practical and theoretical.

Although my love for philosophy and literature developed at a very young age during my undergraduate career at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts my early studies focused on history, political thought and social theory. It was only until the end of my undergraduate education and my early graduate experience at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles that I revitalized my study of philosophy.

Eventually I received my M.A and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. There I was able to work with Robert Bernacsoni and Leonard Lawlor. My studies at Penn State focused on early modern philosophy, twentieth century phenomenology, the history of political philosophy and critical philosophy of race.

I, like many individuals who study philosophy, am concerned with the nature of reality and understanding our lived experiences, individual and communal. However, my research tends to focus on these elements within the context of the history of Ontology and specifically addresses philosophical problems of identity, history, ethics, politics and time.​

Name Title Description

PHL-101

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to some of the classic problems of philosophy, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Includes epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.

PHL-235

Philosophy of Race

The philosophical investigation of the concept of race and the nature of racism.

PHL-317

Twentieth Century Philosophy

Introduction to the important figures and themes of twentieth century philosophy. Attention given to material from both the analytic and phenomenological traditions. Postmodern responses to these traditions also examined.

PHL-370

Philosphers, Mvmnts, Problems

Further investigation into a particular philosopher, movement or problem. Topics vary.

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My teaching philosophy focuses on promoting a climate that values inclusion of diversity in ideas and models of knowledge as well as in the backgrounds of students. For this reason, the classroom dynamics are directed by discussion, because I believe the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of student are crucial assets to philosophical inquiry and comprehension. The purpose of my teaching is not just directed towards philosophy majors but those who seek careers in various fields in order to cultivate their critical reasoning, writing skills, and rational deliberation.​

Education
​​Ph.D in Philosophy
Pennsylvania State University 2016
M.A. in Philosophy
Pennsylvania State University 2012
B.A. in Liberal Arts
Hampshire College 2008

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