About Me I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy at Florida State University in 2016. Before that, I received my MA in philosophy from the University of Florida. My interest in philosophy began with familiar problems in free will and moral responsibility before expanding to include inquiry into the nature and norms of blame. The themes in these areas of philosophy continue to inform my research today, as I focus on applying philosophy to public policy and leadership. In general, I explore three main areas in normative ethics and social philosophy: (1) moral standing/authority, (2) punishment, and (3) conscientious objection. When I’m not working, I’m usually with my dog, Fennekin. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I enjoyed traveling. I hope I’ll get to do more of that someday. But my other hobbies include reading science fiction, playing piano, and consistently coming in third place in bar trivia.