I am a Teaching Assistant Professor and MBA Program Director at West Virginia University. Prior to moving to WVU in 2023, I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona and taught at UNC—Chapel Hill, University of New Orleans, and Tulane University.
As a researcher, I study the moral and political dimensions of humanity’s relationship with the natural world. I am the author of Why It’s OK to Eat Meat; co-editor (with David Schmidtz) of Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works; and author of over a dozen journal articles and book chapters. In 2020, my paper, “Harm, Responsibility, and the Far-off Impacts of Climate Change,” won the International Society for Environmental Ethics’ Holmes Rolston III Early Career Prize in Environmental Philosophy.
Like my research, my teaching foregrounds moral inquiry, civic engagement, and interdisciplinary perspectives. I have designed and taught numerous courses both in ethics and at the intersections of philosophy, politics, economics, and law. In a prior position at the University of New Orleans, I helped launch a new program in Public Policy, Ethics & Law. In my new role at West Virginia University, my teaching focuses on ethics, leadership, and law in the business context as well as facilitating experiential learning opportunities for MBA students.
In addition to my academic work, I am passionate about community service and environmental conservation. During my time in New Orleans, I secured grant funding through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to support on-campus habitat restoration and environmental education for TRiO Upward Bound students, and I worked with diverse local partners to tackle challenges arising from natural disasters and COVID-19. I am excited to draw on these experiences to pursue new opportunities in West Virginia, and I look forward to sharing my progress in the years to come.