About me

I am a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. These pages contain information about some of my research, links to some of my current and published work, and information and materials for students in my courses.

I’m originally from Wisconsin; in 2000 I received my undergraduate degree from Carleton College, in philosophy, mathematics, and economics. In 2004 I received my PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, and I spent two years teaching at the University of Maryland before coming to USC in 2006. My interests range widely across areas of philosophy that are in some way connected with metaethics, including topics in epistemology, metaphysics, normative ethics, practical reason, and the philosophy of language; I have also published on the history of ethics.

I am currently at work on a book exploring the role of reasons in epistemology, titled Reasons First.  Other current or long-term projects include exploring the nature of and relationships between many self-other asymmetries in philosophy, an introductory book about reasons, and thinking more intensely about the role of information and perspective in normative assessment, and trying to understand what the nature of persons tells us about the ethics of interpersonal relationships and the politics of polarization.