About Me

I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University in the Logic and Philosophy of Science track under the supervision of Gil Harman and Sarah-Jane Leslie.

As an undergraduate interested in cognitive science, I earned a B.S. and a B.A. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, majoring in computer science, math, philosophy, and psychology.

I also spent some time doing real science, first as an undergraduate intern in computational neuroscience for Linda Boland at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, then for two years as a cognitive neuroscience lab manager and research assistant for Jeff Zacks at Washington University in St. Louis.

I focus on two areas of research. First, I want to understand the nature of computation, including what makes a natural or artificial object able to compute, and how computation plays in role in scientific explanation. Second, I want to understand the nature of emotions, including what they are, how we distinguish them from each other, and how we distinguish them from other affective states, such as feelings.

Below is a video of a talk I recently gave at Western University on the topic of my research on analog computation.