I am finishing my sixth year in the Ph.D. program in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. In October I successfully defended my dissertation, entitled "Grounding Truthmaking". In the fall I'll be taking up a three-year research postdoc at Baylor University.

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My primary philosophical interests are in metaphysics -- metaontology, persistence, time, mereology, material constitution, and free will. I'm also interested in some issues in epistemology, philosophy of religion, ethics, and philosophy of language.

My teaching interests are broad, and I hope to broaden them even more. I am currently teaching an applied ethics course wherein we focus on a different ethical problem each week. The students chose the topics at the beginning of the semester by poll, and it's been great fun working through the issues together.

When I'm not doing philosophy, I'm probably drinking coffee or single malt scotch, listening to rap music, reading fiction, or doing the NYT crossword. In 2010 I decided to make New Year's resolutions that I would actually achieve. Last year I learned to juggle. This year I'm working on a 10-minute stand-up comedy routine (and it's not going very well). I'm taking suggestions for next year; I'm leaning toward learning to solve the Rubik's Cube.