Assistant Professor, Philosophy
After earning my BA in Philosophy and English Literature at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, I traveled to Wales, where I earned my MPhil in Philosophy, with a thesis on the aesthetics of comics. After that, I took an extended break from studying, and worked as a textbook and periodicals editor, a comic-book critic, and a graphic designer. I returned to academia to get my PhD at the University of Maryland, where I wrote my dissertation on the ethics and metaphysics of copyright. After earning my PhD, I traveled for several years, helping philosophy departments across the country, before finding Furman and making it my home. I like cats.
- Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
- M.Phil, University of Wales, Lampeter, 1999
- B.A. (Hons), Trent University, 1997
Most of my active research focuses on philosophical issues in copyright law and peripheral topics, which involves folding in aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of law. I also work on philosophical issues in popular culture, including the nature of horror, comics, canon, and fandom generally. Sometimes I just write about the metaphysics of beauty.
Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury, 2023); Case Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2022); Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright & Appropriation (Chicago, 2017); The Aesthetics and Ethics of Copying (with Reinold Schmücker, Bloomsbury, 2016).