Bio

Note: I am on research leave until July 2019.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where I have taught since 2011. My research focuses on philosophical issues in the semantics of natural language, often extending to cognate issues in meta-ethics and formal epistemology.

I wrote a dissertation on imperatives at the University of Michigan, where I studied from 2006-11. While there, I worked with Allan Gibbard, Thony GilliesEric Swanson, and Rich Thomason.

My published work tends to defend a version of what you could call Anti-Representationalism as the best theory of a range of constructions in natural language (imperatives, modals, and conditionals, for example). Take a look at my research page to get a better idea of what I'm working on at the moment. 

 

Personal

I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln from 2002-05, where I was taught by Mark van Roojen and Al Casullo. My twin brother Simon is a professor of linguistics at Rutgers.

I live in Toronto with my partner (Katharine) and our animals (Milo and Rori).