Welcome! I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Most of my work falls within the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of cognitive science.
My research focuses on questions such as:
What is imagination and how does it relate to other forms of thought?
What role does mental imagery play in human reasoning?
What is inner speech, and what does it allow us to do?
What is the relationship between language and abstract thought?
How do we know our own minds?
Some of my research is empirical in nature. I've worked with an interdisciplinary team to investigate the effect that impaired inner speech has on general reasoning abilities in people with aphasia.
My other current projects include a monograph on imagination, titled Explaining Imagination (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2020). Some of the arguments from the book are previewed in blog posts here, here, and here. (See also my research page). I am now writing, in addition, an opinionated overview of the philosophy and psychology of inner speech, to be published as part of Routledge's New Problems of Philosophy series. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) program. I completed my PhD in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University.