I am currently an assistant professor of philosophy at Hope College. I earned my PhD as well as my BA in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame. In my research, I focus primarily on topics in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and philosophy of religion; as well as on topics in epistemology and social philosophy. See more about my research. Currently, I am carrying out a multi-year research project addressing connections between experiences of mental disorder and religion.
I am also passionate about teaching philosophy, both inside and outside of traditional university settings - and about increasing community engagement in philosophy. To this end - in addition to community-engaged courses at Notre Dame and Hope College - I have also taught courses through the Moreau College Initiative at Westville prison, the Calvin Prison Initiative at Handlon prison, and South Bend's Center for the Homeless. See more about my teaching and community engagement in philosophy.
Outside of philosophy, I am a visual artist, actively involved in my church, and in the local branch of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). I also serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system in Kent County.