Born in California, I moved around a lot as a child and never considered any specific place to be "home." By the time I was 18, I had lived in six different cities, only two of them in the same state, and had lived overseas for a few years. My senior year of high school I took a class on worldviews in which my teacher posed some questions from a philosophical angle and I was sold on philosophy. I went to college at the University of Tulsa knowing from day one that I wanted to study philosophy.
After college I enrolled in Marquette's graduate philosophy program. Partway through my degree I got married and moved to Chicago, where I've now been living for a few years as I finished my Ph.D. I taught philosophy courses at Wright College for a few years. I am now an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University.
My primary research project is centered on pedagogy in philosophy classrooms, specifically examining how best to implement reflection and reflective assignments in the classroom. My research interests in philosophy are centered on Kierkegaard, a 19th century Danish philosopher, and the ways in which he uses parables in his works. I'm also interested in the ways in which pop culture engages philosophy and have published chapters in some books from the "Pop Culture and Philosophy" series by Open Court Press, and an upcoming chapter in Black Mirror and Philosophy by Blackwell Press.