Teaching & CV

From 2018 to 2023 I primarily taught courses in biomedical science and technology ethics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  One of the highlights of this time was leading students on an experiential learning trip to the North Birmingham 35th Avenue EPA Superfund Site. As it happened, that was also our last class before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the Spring of 2020. One year later, I was invited to speak at a roundtable discussion on environmental racism sponsored by the UAB School of Public Health.

Before coming to Alabama I was visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia for the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to that, while working on my dissertation I also taught several classes at Virginia Military Institute. At these schools my teaching focused mainly on ethics, law, religion, and history.

Complete teaching portfolio and references available on request.


Philosophy of Language


Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Religion


  • (2017) Ph.D. in Philosophy: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • (2011) M.A. in Philosophy: Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
  • (2009) B.A. in Humanities: Lee University, Cleveland, TN


  • (2023-Present) Visiting Assistant ProfessorBirmingham-Southern College
  • (2022-2023) Lecturer, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • (2018–2021) Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • (2017–2018) Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
  • (2015–2016) Instructor, Virginia Military Institute


  • (2023-Present) Organizer, Alabama High School Ethics Bowl
  • (2021-Present) Ethics Consultant, Acclinate, Inc
  • (2021-Present) RCR Case Study Moderator, NIAID, NIH
  • (2018) Enrollment Specialist, UVA Summer Orientation
  • (2017) Administrative Assistant, UVA Philosophy Department
  • (2013–2015) Grant Project Researcher, UVA Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture


  • Birmingham-Southern College: Logic, Ethical Theory, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Topics in Philosophy of Religion
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville: Introduction to Philosophy; Tech, Science, and Human Values; Philosophy of Race
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham: Bioethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Language, Environmental Ethics, 20th Century Philosophy, “Practical Reasoning” (logic intro)
  • University of Virginia: Bioethics, “Ethics” (history), Moral Psychology, Environmental Ethics, Advanced Ethical Theory, “God” (philosophy of religion)
  • Virginia Military Institute: Comparative Religion, “Ethics” (intro)


  • (Forthcoming) “No harm, still foul: On the Effect-Independent Wrongness of Slurring,” Journal of the American Philosophical Association. (with Ralph DiFranco)
  • (Forthcoming) When Doublespeak Goes Viral: A Speech Act Analysis of Internet Trolling,” Erkenntnis.
  • (2021) “You shouldn’t have laughed! The ethics of derogatory amusement,” in The Moral Psychology of Amusement edited by Brian Robinson, London: Rowman & Littlefield. (with Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2019) “Plato’s Revenge: Moral Deliberation as Dialogical Activity,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
  • (2017) “Hybrid Speech Acts: A Theory of Normative Thought and Language that ‘Has it Both Ways,’European Journal of Philosophy.
  • (2017) “Solving the Puzzle of Aesthetic Assertion,” Southwest Philosophy Review.


  • (2024) “Agents and Algorithms: How derogation emerges through cultural evolutionUniversity of Alabama (w/Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2023) “Emergent Organic Meaning: A New Species of Group Expression?” Alabama Philosophical Society (w/Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2023) Not So Silent Majority: How (Do?) Groups and Institutions Send MessagesUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville (w/Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2022) How Groups and Institutions Can Send a MessageUniversity of South Dakota (w/Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2021) “Genetic Selection and Expressive ActsJilin University, China (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2021) “Disability Rights, Selective Abortion, and Expressive ActsUniversity of Bucharest, Romania (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2021) “Trolling, Doxing, and Privacy University of Pittsburgh (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2020) “Racial Rhetoric and the Opioid CrisisAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
  • (2020) “Philosophy of Language and the Empirical Investigation of Inner SpeechSouthern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • (2019) “Philosophy and Empirical Research on Inner Speech: Towards A Symbiotic RelationshipAlabama Philosophical Society
  • (2019) “When Derogatory Language Goes ViralAuburn University (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2018) “When is it ok to laugh? The Ethical Implications of Derogatory HumorAlabama Philosophical Society (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2018) “Slurs, Speech Acts, and Derogatory SoliloquiesSociety for Exact Philosophy (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2018) “The Ethical Implications of Derogatory HumorUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (w/ Ralph DiFranco)
  • (2017) “Social Media, Speech Acts, and the Trolling Use of LanguageUniversity of Virginia 
  • (2016) “Solving the Puzzle of Aesthetic AssertionPacific Division of the American Philosophical Association
  • (2016) “Solving the Puzzle of Aesthetic AssertionSouthwestern Philosophical Society
  • (2015) “Hybrid Speech ActsExpression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group
  • (2015) “An Ecofeminist-Humean Response to the Problem of Environmental ApathyPacific Division of the American Philosophical Association
  • (2014) “Philosophy, Threat and Climate ChangeTrinity College Dublin (w/ Matthew Adams)
  • (2014) “A Sketch of the History of Scientific Approaches to Ethical TheoryUniversity of Virginia (w/ Paul Nedelisky)
  • (2012) “The Pragmatics of Moral Discourse,” University of Virginia


  • (2023-Present) Pre-Law Advisor, Birmingham-Southern College
  • (2023-Present) Faculty Sponsor: Phi Alpha Delta, Birmingham-Southern College
  • (2023-Present) Coordinator: Philosophy Program, Birmingham-Southern College
  • (2023-Present) Coordinator: Philosophy, History, and Law Program, Birmingham-Southern College
  • (2015-Present) Affiliated Member, UConn Research Group: “Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning”
  • (2014–2016) President, UVA Graduate Philosophy Club
  • (2012–2014) Co-Founder and Organizer, UVA “Philosophy After Dark” Paper Series
  • (2010) Elected Officer, NIU Philosophy Graduate Student Advisory Council
  • (2009–2010) Organizer, Midwest Regional Graduate Philosophy Conference
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of Philosophical Research, Minds and Machines, Oxford University Press, Philosophy Compass, Routledge, Journal of the American Philosophical Association