a close shot of brightly sunlit, cloudy greenish-gray still water with some water plants brushing against the surface from beneath

Pond at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC (photo by me)

Below is an abridged CV. A pdf of the full version is available here.


2020 - present
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Simon Fraser University

2014 - 2020
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
University at Buffalo, SUNY

June - Dec 2015
Research Associate, School of Philosophy
The Australian National University


2014 - Ph.D. in Philosophy, Brown University
Supervisor: Jamie Dreier

2007 - B.A. in Philosophy with Honors, Minor in Mathematics
University of Chicago


Art and Philosophy, co-edited with Christy Mag Uidhir (under contract with Oxford University Press, est. 2022)

What We Ought and What We Can, Routledge, 2019

Selected Papers

(Official versions linked here. See abstracts and pre-prints under Research.)

"Response-Dependence and Aesthetic Theory", in Fittingness, Oxford University Press, forthcoming

"Reasons, Normativity, and Value in Aesthetics", Philosophy Compass, 2022

"Matilal's Metaethics" (co-authored with Nicolas Bommarito), in Comparative Metaethics: Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality, Routledge, 2019

"The Culpable Inability Problem for Synchronic and Diachronic 'Ought Implies Can'", Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2019

"The Amoralist and the Anaesthetic", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2018

"'Ought Implies Can': Not So Pragmatic After All", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2018

"The Virtue of Subtlety and the Vice of a Heavy Hand", The British Journal of Aesthetics, 2017

"Actions That We Ought, But Can't", Ratio, 2014

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

- Introduction to Ethics
- Writing Philosophy
- Contemporary Normative Ethics
- Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
- Ethical Issues in Art and Aesthetics
- Metaethics

Graduate seminars:

- Graduate Pro-Seminar
- 'Ought' Implies 'Can'
- Practical Reason
- Expressivism (co-taught with David Braun)
- Aesthetic Judgment, Reasons, and Rules - The Work of Peter Railton