I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The City College of New York. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation (written under the supervision of Josh Dever and Mark Sainsbury) examined the extent to which semantics can serve as a guide to metaphysics. I argue, using plurals and collective nouns as case studies, that semantics can fail to deliver determinate ontological commitments carried by natural language theories.
I still work primarily in philosophy of language and ontology. My current research is focused on the nature of social groups (teams, committees, races, genders), the semantics of terms that pick out social groups (plurals, collective nouns, slurs), and the link between semantics and ontology. For more information on my research, please click here.
When I'm not doing philosophy I enjoy going to art museums, walking, planning things, cooking/baking, and hanging with my dog, Bertrand.