About Myself

 

Where I Am


I am an associate professor of philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale near Grand Rapids, Michigan. I do research and teach in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics, analytic philosophy, and a little phenomenology, especially the ideas of Edmund Husserl. 


In my spare time I like to read and listen to music. I know some Italian and even less German, but continue trying to improve my knowledge of both languages. I enjoy running, biking, cooking, jazz, travel, and, well, other interesting things too. 

Where I’ve Been


I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where I majored in Philosophy and minored in Humanistic Studies, graduating in the Spring of 2002.  At Green Bay I studied lots of Phenomenology, Husserl and logic, as well as personality theory and the History of Philosophy.


I did both my M.A. (2005) and my PhD (2009) at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.  At Buffalo I studied ontology, logic, some phenomenology and history of philosophy, and gradually came to focus on areas of contemporary analytic philosophy, especially epistemology. 

    I spent 2006 on a scholarship at the Institute for Ontology and Medical Information Science in Saarbrücken, Germany.  While in Germany I focused mainly on issues of metaphysics and applied ontology, but also took advantage of the opportunity to learn some German and explore what philosophers are doing in Europe, primarily by attending some conferences. 

    I defended my dissertation in Spring of 2009. My dissertation is in epistemology, focused on the topic of a priori justification.  I approach this issue largely from the perspective of contemporary analytic epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, but also make liberal use of sources from the phenomenological tradition. 

    I was hired by Grand Valley State University   near Grand Rapids, Michigan, as an assistant professor in Spring of 2008.