EDUCATION Ph.D., Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 2015. M.A., Philosophy, Western Michigan University, 2010. B.A., Philosophy, Biola University, 2005.
RESEARCH Areas of Specialization: Epistemology, Moral Psychology Areas of Competence: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Action, Ancient Philosophy
DISSERTATION Title: Making Sense of Doxastic Blame: An Account of Control over Belief Committee: Declan Smithies (director), Abe Roth, and Timothy Schroeder
Abstract: In my dissertation, I argue that we can be legitimately blamed for our beliefs, even though we do not have the same kind of control over our beliefs that we have over our actions. I first argue that accounts of moral blame for action can be extended to account for doxastic blame. Then I defend the legitimacy of doxastic blame by arguing that we have a form of indirect control over our beliefs via the capacity to actively engage in reflection. Lastly, I argue that, given the relationship between faith and belief, our control over whether we have faith is similar to our control over our beliefs.
“In Defense of Doxastic Blame,” 2018, Synthese 195 (5): 2205-2226.
"Faith, Belief, and Control," 2018, American Philosophical Quarterly 55 (1): 95-109.
“Doxastic Blame,” Pacific APA, April 2016.
“In Defense of Epistemic Blame,” Alabama Philosophical Society, October 2015.
“The Ethics of Affluence and Charitable Giving,” Invited Talk, Baylor Undergraduate Philosophy Club, October 2015.
”A Framework for Determining the Aim of Faith,” Invited Talk, The Faith Project: The Value of Faith, Columbia MO, July 2015.
“On the Control of Faith and Belief,” Invited Symposium: The Nature of Faith, Pacific APA, April 2015.
”Control, Faith, and Belief," Invited Talk, The Faith Project: The Nature of Faith, Columbia MO, July 2014.
“Doxastic Blame and Responsibility,” Distinguished Alumna Talk, Western Michigan University Graduate Philosophy Conference, December 2014.
“Reason-Responsiveness and Voluntary Control,” Pacific APA, April 2014.
“Reason-Responsiveness and Voluntary Control,” Baylor Philosophy of Religion Conference, Baylor University, April 2014.
“Epistemic Control and Responsibility,” Epistemology Brown Bag, Northwestern University, May 2013.
“Believing the Speaker,” Notre Dame/Northwestern Epistemology Conference, April 2011.
“No Necessary Condition for Self-Deception,” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University, November 2010.
“Comments on Charity Anderson’s ‘Divine Hiddenness: Are Glimpses Enough?’,” The Nature and Value of Faith Conference, January 2016.
“Comments on Jon Kvanvig’s Comments ‘Faith, Cognitive and Affective’,” The Nature and Value of Faith Conference, November 2014.
“Comments on Greg Antill’s ‘The Ethics of Self-Fulfilling Belief’,” Notre Dame /Northwestern Epistemology Conference, April 2013.
“Comments on Todd Stewart’s ‘A Critique of Two Criteria for Epistemically Circular Belief’,” Illinois Philosophical Association, November 2012.
TEACHING Instructor of Record
Medical Ethics. Fall 2018 (University of Wyoming)
Introduction to Logic. Fall 2016 (Baylor University)
Introduction to Ethics: Love and Sex. Spring 2016 (Baylor University)
Introduction to Ethics: Love and Sex. Fall 2015 (Baylor University)
Contemporary Social and Moral Problems in the U.S. Fall 2013 (Ohio State)
Philosophy and Public Affairs. Spring 2010, 2 sections (Western Michigan)
Philosophy and Public Affairs. Fall 2009, 2 sections (Western Michigan)
Critical Reasoning. Fall 2009, 2 sections (Western Michigan