Associate Professor (Wheaton)
I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. My principal research area is Ancient Greek Philosophy with most of my attention on Socrates. My research and teaching prompted me to develop an interdisciplinary first year seminar entitled "What is the Good Life?" with the support of an NEH Enduring Questions grant. The course treats Socrates as the inspiration for three traditions, each recommending a different path for the good life: happiness, morality, and meaning. I also regularly teach a 200-level course entitled "Life, Death, and Meaning” that examines contemporary philosophical work in a field that has been dubbed “analytic existentialism.” I also offer courses entitled “Aesthetics” and “Philosophy and Literature” at the 200-level. More recently, and with the encouragement of excellent students and supportive colleagues, I have done work in social epistemology and feminist approaches to the history of philosophy. This work has made me more reflective about my own practices as a teacher and learner, and eager to improve.