Curriculum Vitae


PhD Philosophy, University of Georgia, expected 2017

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics, University of Georgia, 2015

MA Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, 2006

BA Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2003


AOS Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Philosophy

AOC Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology


Instructor of Record, Philosophy Department, University of Georgia, 2012—present

Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy Department, College of DuPage, 2011—present

Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy Department, College of Lake County, 2008-2011

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department Harper College, 2006—present


“Of materiality and meaning: the illegality condition in street art,” in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 74 (4): 359-370 (2016).

“Autonomy and the politics of food choice: from individuals to communities,” in The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 29 (2): 123-141 (2016).


“Place, community, and the generation of ecological autonomy,” at the International Society for Environmental Ethics panel sessions, American Philosophical Association—Eastern Division Meeting, January 2017

“On the nature/culture dualism in environmental aesthetics,” at the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program lecture series, UGA (invited), March 2016, and at the American Society for Aesthetics—Eastern Division Meeting, April 2016

“On the illegality condition in street art,” at Art In and Of The Streets Philosophy conference, New York University and The Pratt Institute, American Society for Aesthetics, March 2015

“Toward an understanding of material culture in moral relationships,” at Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities conference, University of Waterloo, August 2014

“The individual, autonomy, and the problem of choice,” Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society, panel at Political Ecologies and Food Sovereignty, February 2014, and at Workshop on Food Justice, Michigan State University, May 2014

“Toward a critical aesthetics of nature,” at the International Society for Environmental Ethics panel sessions, American Philosophical Association—Pacific meeting, March 2013

“Arab-American racial formation,” at Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy conference, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, May 2012


Gittler Fellowship, University of Georgia Philosophy Department dissertation completion award ($3000), 2017-2018

Secretary, Graduate Student Association, Philosophy Department, University of Georgia 2016-2017

Winner, graduate student travel prize ($750) at Art in and of the Street Conference New York University and Pratt Institute, American Society for Aesthetics, February 2015

Lead Organizer, Philosophy of Race Workshop, University of Georgia, January 2015

President, Graduate Student Association, Philosophy Department, University of Georgia 2014-2015

Panel Chair, Panel II: Philosophy and Technology, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, April 2014

Graduate Student Representative, Philosophy Department, University of Georgia 2012-2013


American Philosophical Association

International Society for Environmental Ethics

American Society for Aesthetics


University of Georgia (all sections)

Symbolic Logic (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012)

Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2013/2014, Fall 2013, Spring/Fall 2015)

Ethics (Summer 2013/2014)

Critical Thinking (Summer 2016)

Theories of Knowledge (Fall 2014)

Modern Philosophy (Fall 2014/2016, Spring 2016/2017)

Harper College (selected sections)

Introduction to Philosophy* (Summer 2014)

Ethics* (Fall 2010)

Religions of the World* (Fall 2010)

Critical Thinking* (Spring 2015)

Death and Dying (Spring 2009)

*Also taught online

Developed online Environmental Ethics class Spring 2014 ($2500)

College of DuPage (selected sections)

Introduction to Philosophy* (Summer 2013)

Ethics* (Summer 2015)

World Religions* (Summer 2014)

Critical Thinking* (Summer 2015)

Business Ethics* (Summer 2016)

*Also taught online


University of Georgia

Philosophy of Race (Chris Cuomo, Fall 2011)

Environmental Ethics (Sarah Wright, Fall 2011)

Political Philosophy (Piers Stephens Fall 2011)

Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (Rene Jagnow, Fall 2011)

Environmental Philosophy (Chris Cuomo, Spring 2012)

Ethics (Melissa Fahmy, Spring 2012)

Philosophy of Science (Richard Winfield, Spring 2012)

Critical Theory (directed readings with Chris Cuomo, Spring 2012)

Philosophy of Language (Bradley Bassler, Fall 2012)

Aesthetics (Chris Cuomo, Fall 2012)

Philosophy of Mind (Rene Jagnow, Fall 2012)

Environmental Philosophy (Vicky Davion, Spring 2013)

Epistemology (Beth Preston, Spring 2013)

Philosophy of Technology (Beth Preston, Spring 2013)

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Bradley Bassler, Fall 2013)

Ethics (Chris Cuomo, Fall 2013)

Environmental Philosophy (Audit with Piers Stephens, Spring 2014)

Northern Illinois University

Intermediate Logic (David Buller, Fall 2004)

Ethics (James Hudson, Fall 2004)

Heidegger (Theodore Kisiel, Fall 2004)

Metaphysics (Thomas Kapitan, Spring 2005)

Hegel (Morton Frisch Spring 2005)

19th Century Philosophy (Michael Gelven, Spring 2005)

Philosophy of Science (Audit with Michael Bishop, Fall 2005)

Kant (Michael Gelven, Fall 2005)

Philosophy of Art (directed readings William Tolhurst, Fall 2005)

Aesthetics (William Tolhurst, Spring 2006)

Philosophy of Literature (Michael Gelven, Spring 2006)

Nietzsche (Audit with Larry Arnhart, Spring 2006)


In part one of my dissertation 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 part 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 part, 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.


Dr. Beth Preston, Professor, University of Georgia. 706.542.2819,

Dr. Victoria Davion, Professor and Chair, University of Georgia. 706.542.2678,

Dr. Piers Stephens, Associate Professor, University of Georgia. 706.542.2362,