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 for Linda Boland at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, then for two years as a 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.