Academic interests

  • Ethics
  • Contemporary social and political issues
  • 20th-century thought
  • Continental philosophy
  • Philosophy of culture
  • Philosophy of literature


  • Philosophy and Culture (Dialogue and the Other; Visions of Utopia) (PHIL P414)
  • Topics in Philosophy (Ethics of Plato and Aristotle; Virtue Ethics) (PHIL 383)
  • Twentieth-Century Philosophy (Critical Theory; Postmodernism) (PHIL P316)
  • Seminar in the History of Philosophy (Aristotle) (PHIL P418)
  • Ethics (PHIL P120)


  • Received the Langsam-Oswalt Summer Fellowship, 2016
  • Named to IUPUI 21 Club, academic year 2009-2010, for being identified by a freshman as an individual who has made a difference in his or her success at IUPUI
  • Nominated in 2010 for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ (NSCS) Inspire Integrity Awards
  • Named by a freshman student, fall of 2010, as the “one individual on the campus who has helped them be successful at IUPUI” and so listed by University College as part of the I-Care for IUPUI Students initiative
  • Identified by 49 graduating students over eight years as having a “positive influence” on their undergraduate learning experience
  • Gateway Scholar, $5,000 grant, summer institute, and year-long faculty learning group oriented toward transforming teaching and facilitating research in introductory college courses, 2005-2006
  • Honors Summer Faculty Fellowship, $3,000 stipend, summer 2007, to develop a new honors course under the title “Image and Reality in Film and Life: A Philosophical Perspective.”


  • “The moral thinking of Macbeth,” Philosophy and Literature
  • “Agency implies weakness of will,” ProtoSociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research
  • “Spirituality, economics, and education: A dialogic critique of ‘Spiritual Capital’,” with Robert J. Helfenbein, Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship
  • “On perfect goodness,” Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics
  • “Dialogue as moral paradigm: Paths toward intercultural transformation,” Policy Futures in Education.
  • Other publications include “Socrates, dialogue, and us: Ignorance as learning paradigm,” with Deborah Biss Keller, in Epistemologies of Ignorance and Studies of Limits in Education, (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2011); "The practice of dialogue: Socrates in the Meno," in An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Vol. IV, (Athens, Greece: Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2010); “Mutuality or monopoly: Reflections on the ethics of international curriculum work," in International Curriculum Work: The Challenges of Culture and Context(Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press, 2012).


  • Gateway to Graduation Coordinator, Philosophy Department, 2008-present
  • Reviewer, Oxford University Press, 2008, 2010
  • Reviewer, Philosophical Studies in Education, journal of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, spring 2010
  • “Being Good at Work: The Practice of Ethics in the Public Interest”, Lecture on Ethics to AGA/ASMC Joint Professional Development Conference at the Garrison at Fort Benjamin Harrison, fall 2007.

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