Ph.D. Philosophy, Villanova University, 2014
Dissertation title: “Marx and the Metaphysics of Production”
M.A. Philosophy, Villanova University, 2008
B.A. Philosophy and English, Le Moyne College (with honors), 2004
Ball State University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy 2014 – present
Bryn Mawr College, Instructor of Philosophy 2012 – 2013
Academic Publications and Presentations
- The Weariness of Democracy: Confronting the Failure of Liberal Democracy (with Obed Frausto and Jason Powell). Palgrave MacMillan, 2019.
- Special Issue on “21st-Century Socialism” (co-edited with Sebastian Purcell). Radical Philosophy Review 21:1 (Spring 2018).
- “Beyond Homo Laborans: Marx’s Dialectical Account of Human Essence,” Social Theory and Practice 46, no. 3 (July 2020), forthcoming.
- “Combatting Epistemic Violence Against Young Activists” (with Owen Miller). Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 40, no. 1 (Spring 2020), forthcoming.
- “Post-Marxist Political Ontology and the Foreclosure of Radical Newness,” Philosophy Today 64, no. 2 (Spring 2020), forthcoming.
- “Men Who Love Bukowski: Hegemonic Masculinity, Online Dating, and the Aversion toward the Feminine,” Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in theHistory of Rhetoric & Composition 22, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2019).
- “Community-Engaged Learning and Precollege Philosophy During Neoliberalism.” Teaching Philosophy 42, no. 4 (December 2019): 389-410.
- “The Ambivalent Role of Online Spaces in Political Engagement: A Response to Jan-Werner Müller.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 102, nos. 2-3 (2019): 217-25.
- “Castoriadis, Marx, and the Critique of Productivism,” Telos 174 (Spring 2016): 129-148.
- “The Limits of Radical Democracy.” In The Weariness of Democracy, 89-106. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
- “The Weariness of Democracy” (with Obed Frausto and Jason Powell). In The Weariness of Democracy, 1-24. Edited by Obed Frausto, Jason Powell, and Sarah Vitale. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
- “Guest Editors’ Introduction” (with Sebastian Purcell), Radical Philosophy Review 21:1 (Spring 2018): 1-9.
- “The Critique of Capitalism in Karl Marx.” Gale Researcher Philosophy Series 1 and 2 (Internet Library Reference Database) (Detroit, MI.: Gale/Cengage, 2017). (Substantial revision of L. Simon’s 2006 entry entitled “Karl Marx.”)
- “What is Marxism?” Gale Researcher Philosophy Series 1 and 2(Internet Library Reference Database) (Detroit, MI.: Gale/Cengage, 2017). (Substantial revision of N. McInnes’s 2006 entry entitled “Marxist Philosophy.”)
- “Castoriadis, Marx, and the Critique of Productivism,” Telos 174 (Spring 2016): 129-148.
- Review of Paul Livingston and Andrew Cutrofello, The Problems of Contemporary Philosophy: A Critical Guide for the Unaffiliated (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015). Teaching Philosophy 39.4 (December 2016): 558-561.
- “Indiana High School Outreach Program,” Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) Conference, “Innovation and Collaboration: Making Classrooms More Philosophical,” Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), June 2019.
- “Agamben and Marx: Potential Beyond Democracy,” The Thirteenth Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference, “Strategies of Resistance,” University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA), Nov. 2018.
- “Pre-College Philosophy Programs as Public Philosophy” (interactive session), American Association of Philosophy Teachers 2018 Biennial Meeting, North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC), July 2018.
- “Ball State Philosophy High School Outreach Program” (poster presentation), Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) Conference, “Social Justice & Pre-College Philosophy: Where do we go from here?”, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), June 2017.
- “Reaching Beyond Essence: Free Activity, Labor, and Alienation in Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” The Twelfth Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference,“21st-Century Socialism: Concepts and Visions,” University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), Nov. 2016.
- “Utopia and Democracy in Walter Benjamin” (with Obed Frausto), 9th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome,John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago(Rome, Italy), May 2016.
- “Utopia and the Politics of Hope: Marx, Bloch, and Benjamin,” The Eleventh Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference, “Spaces of Control: Confronting Austerity and Repression,” Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), Nov. 2014.
- “Marx and the Dialectic of Production and Creation,” The Marxist Literary Group Summer Institute on Culture and Society, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), June 2013.
- “Thinking the New: A Critique of Productivist Political Philosophy,” The Tenth Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference, “What is Radical Philosophy Today?”, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), Oct. 2012.
- “Marx Beyond Production: A Response to Castoriadis,” The Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle’s 2012 Annual Meeting, The Horton Grand Hotel (San Diego, CA), March 2012.
- “Thinking Through Commodities: Material Ideology in Marx’s Capital,” The Society for Social and Political Philosophy (SSPP) Annual Meeting, “Roundtable on Marx’s Capital,” Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), Feb. 2011.
- “Revolutionary Subjectivity and Temporality in Walter Benjamin,” Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Annual Conference, The Marriot Chateau Champlain (Montreal, Quebec), Nov. 2010.
- “Home(less) in Fort McMurray,” as part of the panel “Cultural and Environmental Violence in Alberta’s Tar Sands,” The Ninth Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference, “Violence: Systemic, Symbolic, and Foundation,” The University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), Nov. 2010.
- “Can the Multitude Herald the Coming Community?: An Encounter Between Antonio Negri and Giorgio Agamben,” Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Annual Conference, The Key Bridge Marriott Hotel (Arlington, VA), Oct. 2009, and Davis and Elkins College’s Annual Philosophy Conference, “Freedom and Sovereignty, Globalization and Colonization,” Davis and Elkins College (Elkins, WV), Nov. 2008.
- “Beyond Essences: Carol Bigwood’s Ecofeminist Ontology of Presencing,” Philosophical Inquiries into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering Conference, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), May 2009, and Eastern Society of Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) Annual Meeting, “Feminism at the Crossroads,” John Carroll University, (University Heights, OH), March 2009.
- “Value Dissociation and Primitive Accumulation: Gender and Reproductive Labor,” on the Invited Symposium: Marx’s Value-Form Theory, Annual Meeting of The American Philosophical Association’s Central Division (Chicago, IL), February 2020, upcoming.
- “Are We Democrats?” Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy (Clinton, NY), June 2018.
- “Specifications Grading.” Presentation to the Academy for Contract Faculty (Ball State University), May 2018.
- Respondent to Dr. Jan-Werner Mueller’s paper, “What Kind of Spaces Does Democracy Need?” at The New Populism and the Politics of Dissensus: A Symposium, Indiana University Kokomo (Kokomo, Indiana), Apr. 2018.
- Consultant for the “One-on-One Sessions with Expert Teachers” Session at the AAPT/APA Mini-Conference on Teaching Philosophy: The Teaching Hub at the 2018 Eastern American Philosophical Association Meeting (Savannah, GA), Jan. 2018.
- Respondent to Iain Macdonald’s paper, “Actualization, Deactualization: Marx and Modality,” at the 56th Annual Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Conference, University of Memphis (Memphis, TN), Oct. 2017.
- “Marx and Ideology.” Participant on “The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth” panel at Kennedy Library (Muncie, IN), as part of departmental “Big Questions, Big Ideas” series, April 2017.
- Participant in roundtable on “Reinventing the RPA: Goals, Strategies, Visions” at the Twelfth Biennial Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) Conference, “21st-Century Socialism: Concepts and Visions,” University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), Nov. 2016.
- “Thinking Beyond Bars: Philosophy and Mass Incarceration.” Kennedy Library (Muncie, IN), as part of departmental “Big Questions, Big Ideas” series, November 2015.
- “Why Philosophy?” Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY), October 2015.
- “Men Who Love Bukowski: Homosociality and Online Dating,” Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, Columbia College (Chicago, IL), March 2015.
- “Philosophy and Happiness.” Kennedy Library (Muncie, IN), December 2014.
- Respondent at the 18th Annual Villanova Philosophy Conference, “Apocalyptic Politics,” Villanova University (Villanova, PA), April 2013.
- Respondent at the 12th Annual Lewis University Philosophy Conference, “Fanon and the De-Colonization of Philosophy,” Lewis University (Romeoville, IL), Feb. 2007.
Awards and Grants
- 2019 Indiana Campus Compact High-Impact Community Engagement Practices Grant for “Philosophy Outreach Project,” $2,500 (statewide competition)
- 2019 American Philosophical Association Small Grant for “Ball State Philosophy Outreach Project,” $3,700 (national competition)
- 2018 Provost Immersive Learning Grant for “Muncie Central High School Philosophy Club and Indiana Pre-College Outreach and Philosophy Conference,” $7,846 (university-wide competition)
- 2018 Philosophy Fund Grant from PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) for “Ball State Philosophy High School Outreach Program and PreCollege Philosophy Conference,” $1846 (national competition)
- 2018 College of Science and Humanities Mini-Grant for Immersive Learning for“Philosophy for High School Students” ($400) (college-wide competition)
- 2016 Provost Immersive Learning Grant for “Muncie Central High School Philosophy Club and Indiana Pre-College Outreach and Philosophy Conference,” $6,691 (university-wide competition)
- 2012 The Harvey Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching, $500 (department-wide competition amongst graduate students) (2011–2012)
- 2011 The John G. Tich Memorial Award for Excellence in Research, $500 (department-wide competition amongst graduate students) (2010–2011)
Ball State University
- Philosophy for High School (community-engaged course) (Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
- Society, Discipline, and Control (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2020)
- Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2014 – Fall 2019)
- Contemporary Philosophy: Critical Theories (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)
- Existentialism (Fall 2014, Fall 2017)
- Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal (experiential-learning course) (Spring 2017)
- Marx’s Capital (Owen Miller, Summer 2018)
- Frantz Fanon (Michael Mares, Spring 2018)
- Social and Political Philosophy (Kay Rittichier, Spring 2017)
- Marx and Marxism (Dillon Roberts, Spring 2016)
Thesis Direction and Committees
- Honors College Thesis Advisor for Daniel Klinestiver, “Rewriting Capitalist ‘Realism’: Toward a Lived Critique” (Spring 2019)
- Honors College Thesis Advisor for Ben Slightom, “Paper-Thin: the Contingency of Post Industrial Realities” (Spring 2018)
- Committee Member, Austin Fleming’s Master’s Thesis, “‘The Working Class and the Employing Class Have nothing in Common’: The Constitutive Rhetoric of the IWW,” Department of Communication Studies (Spring 2018)
Le Moyne College
- Philosophical Perspectives on the Human Situation (Spring 2014)
- Great Traditions in Ethics (Fall 2013)
- Issues in Ethics (Summer 2012, Summer 2010)
- Philosophical Foundations of Western Thought (Summer 2009)
Onondaga Community College
- Ethics (Fall 2013)
Bryn Mawr College
- Science & Morality in Modernity (Spring 2013)
- Ethics (Fall 2012)
- Origins of Political Philosophy: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Political Cultures (Fall 2012)
- Second Reader on Senior Thesis Project, Emily Bell (Fall 2012–Spring 2013)
- Philosophy of Women (cross-listed with Women’s Studies and Peace and Justice Studies) (Spring 2012, Fall 2011, and Fall 2010)
- Social and Political Philosophy (cross-listed with Peace and Justice studies), (Spring 2011)
- Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, and Fall 2008)
- World Philosophy II (Spring 2012)
- Logic of Everyday Reasoning (Spring 2011)
- World Philosophy I (Fall 2010)
- Completed the AAPT (American Association of Philosophy Teachers) Workshop on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN), Fall 2017.
- Completed the competitive, 8-week Entrepreneurial Learning Academy (Ball State University, Muncie, IN), Summer 2017.
- Attended 7th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women at Purdue University, Sept. 2016.
- Completed SAFEZONE Training, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Counseling Center (Ball State University), March 2016.
- Participant in Women in Philosophy research roundtable, Fall 2015 – present.
- Attended 6th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women at Purdue University, Sept. 2015.
- Completed Student Organization Advisor Training Session on “Officer Transitions,” sponsored by the Office of Student Life (Ball State University), March 2015.
- Completed Student Organization Advisor Training Session on “Collective Wisdom,” sponsored by the Office of Student Life (Ball State University), January 2015.
- Participated in the Faculty Learning Community for First-Year Faculty, facilitated
- by the Office of Educational Excellence (Ball State University), Fall 2014 – Spring 2015.
- Student Awards and Activities Committee, Member, Fall 2014– Spring 2019
- Salary Committee, Member, Fall 2014– Spring 2015; Fall 2017 – Spring 2018; Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
- Chair Election Committee, Member, Fall 2017
- Search Committee: Contract position, Ethics, Member, Spring 2015
- Search Committee: Tenure-line, Applied Ethics, Member, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
- Co-founder, Career Readiness Program, Fall 2018 – present
- Phi Sigma Tau, Faculty Advisor, Spring 2015 – present
- Philosophy Club, Advisor, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015, Faculty Co-Advisor, Fall 2014 – Fall 2017; Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
- Faculty Advisor, Call to Action (Student organization to educate and raise awareness of LGBTQ issues), Fall 2015 – Spring 2019
Local and Statewide Service
- Founded and led Muncie Central Philosophy Club, Spring 2017 – present
- Founded and led Philosophy Outreach Project, Fall 2015 – present
- Coeditor, Executive Editorial Committee, Radical Philosophy Review, Fall 2014 – present
- Assistant to the Editor, Epoché, Fall 2006 – Spring 2007
- Reviewer, American Philosophical Association 2019 Central Division Meeting (February 2019)
- Reviewer, 2019 meeting of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
- Chair, Program Committee for the Radical Philosophical Association’s 13th Biennial Conference (November 2018)
- Member, Program Committee for the Radical Philosophical Association’s 12th Biennial Conference, “21st-Century Socialism: Concepts and Visions” (November 2016)
- Reviewer, Indiana Philosophical Association’s Fall 2015 Meeting (October 2015)
- Reviewer, Indiana Philosophical Association’s Joint Meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and the Kentucky Philosophical Association (April 2015)
- Chair, Selection committee for the 17th Annual Villanova Philosophy Conference, “Critical Theories” (March 2012)
- Co-organizer, 13th Annual Villanova Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, “Time, History, Memory” (Spring 2008)
- Local coordinator, annual book exhibit, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Conference (Oct. 2006)
- Moderator of “Phenomenology and Marxism” panel at the 58h Annual Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Conference, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), October 2019, upcoming.
- Moderator of “Marx Quo Vadis” panel at the 57th Annual Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Conference, Penn State University (State College, PA), October 2018.
- Moderator of “Invited Symposium: Revolution in the 21st Century” panel the Annual Meeting of The American Philosophical Association’s Central Division (Chicago, IL), February 2018.
- Chair of “Teaching Philosophy” panel at the Indiana Philosophical Association’s Fall 2015 Meeting, Earlham College, November 2015.
- Chair of “Feminism” panel at the Joint Meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Spring 2015 Meeting, Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro, KY), April 2015.
Journal Manuscript Peer-Reviewing
- Teaching Philosophy (Spring 2019)
- Hypatia (Spring 2014)