About me

Hello! I’m a Philosophy Instructor at Missouri State University and PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, expected to graduate fall 2017.

My areas of specialization are Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Environmental Philosophy, and my areas of competency are Philosophy of Race, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology, and Feminist Philosophy.

I have published articles in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. My article on street art is being hosted by the American Society for Aesthetics on their blog, Aesthetics for Birds. https://aestheticsforbirds.com/2016/11/17/afb-x-jaac-discussions-chackal-on-street-art/

I’ve been teaching college for 10 years, for the past five years as Instructor of Record at UGA, and have taught Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking, Symbolic Logic, Theories of Knowledge, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Death and Dying.

My dissertation, The Internal and External Dimensions of Ecological Autonomy is divided into three papers. In the first, I develop an account of relational autonomy that is ecological, viewing individuals as constituted in part by their environment. I argue that various externalities in the social environment obstruct autonomy, revealed best when autonomy includes embodied action, not just procedural thought. Social obstructions to autonomy affect both thought and action and can be instances of political and epistemic injustice. In paper two, I claim that the environment also generates autonomy through social resources stemming from one’s place, the physical/social and natural/artificial environment, and one’s community— the body of interdependent individuals dwelling in a place. In the last paper, I discuss the concept of community autonomy and argue for an account of collective belief and decision formation. Communities need a competent and authentic procedure to aggregate individual beliefs into collective ones in order to be internally autonomous.