I am a master’s student in the Philosophy department of the University of Arkansas. My current research focuses on the semantics/pragmatics divide and other issues in the philosophy of language (including contextualism, deixis, and the meaning of gestures). I am also a graduate candidate in the Office of Sustainability’s certificate program exploring the relationship between green business practices and animal ethics.

Additional interests include embodiment’s implications for moral psychology, axiological grounding and its relationship to political ecology, various issues in the philosophy of religion (atheological arguments, philosophical eschatology, theological aesthetics), and Ancient Greek philosophy (specifically, Plato).


M.A., Philosophy, University of Arkansas, expected Spring 2020

M.A., Philosophy of Religion, Denver Seminary, 2012

B.A., Anthropology, Colorado State University, 2009


Refereed Articles
2018     “Divine Energies: The Consuming Fire and the Beatific Vision” in Theologica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 2, no. 2, DOI: 10.14428/thl.v2i2.2233
2018     “On Superhero Stories: The Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tolkienesque Fantasy,” in Mythlore, 36, no. 2.
2016     “The Pig’s Squeak: Towards a Renewed Aesthetic Argument for Veganism,” in The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 29, no. 4: pp 631-642, DOI: 10.1007/s10806-016-9624-9.
2015     “Meeting Mary in Myth: Pursuing Pre/Post/Modern Apologetics,” in The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 14, no. 2.

Book Chapters
Forthcoming    “Dividing Lines: A Brief Taxonomy of Moral Identity” in The Dark Side: A Supervillain Reader, eds. Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi).
2017     “The Agony of the Infinite: Heaven as Phenomenological Hell” in The Philosophy of Heaven, ed. Simon Cushing (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press).
2016     “The Heart of the Matter: Forgiveness as an Aesthetic Process” in The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Vol. II: New Dimensions of Forgiveness, ed. Court D. Lewis (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press).
2016     “Speciesistic Veganism: An Anthropocentric Argument” in Critical Perspectives on Veganism and Meat Consumption, eds. Jodey Castricano and Rasmus R. Simonsen (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan), DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33419-6_3.
2016     “Pursuing Pankalia: The Aesthetic Theodicy of St. Augustine” in The Problem of Evil: New Philosophical Directions, eds. Benjamin McCraw and Robert Arp (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press).

Encyclopedia Entries
2018     “Complex Question” and “Chronological Snobbery” in Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy, eds. Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, and Michael Bruce (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell).

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