A list of my current courses can be found on my FIU website.

I. Courses Taught 

syllabi posted here cannot be used or modified without prior consent of instructor

PHI 4224 – Philosophy of Film (Spring, 2017) (Philosophy of Film Syllabus)

PHI 3600 – Aesthetics (Fall, 2016) (FIU PHI 3800)

PHI 2600 – Introduction to Ethics – Applied Ethics (Spring, 2017) (FIU PHI 2600 Spring)

PHI 2600 – Introduction to Ethics – Normative Ethics (Fall, 2016) (FIU PHI 2600 )

PHL 320 – Critical Reasoning (PSU, Spring 2016) (PHL 320 Syllabus)

PHL 369 – Philosophy of Sex and Love (PSU, Winter 2016) (PHL 369 Syllabus)

PHIL 500 – Teaching Seminar in Philosophy co-taught with Ann Baker (UW, Fall 2014) (PHIL 500 Syllabus)

PHIL 102 – Contemporary Moral Problems (UW, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2014) (PHIL 102 Summer Syllabus)

PHIL 240 – Normative Ethics (UW, Summer 2012) (PHIL 240 Syllabus)

PHIL 102— Moral Problems co-taught with Patrick Taylor Smith (UW, Summer 2012)

PHIL 200 – Aesthetics of Everyday Life (UW, Summer 2011) (PHIL 200 Syllabus)

PHIL 115 – Practical Reasoning co-taught with Joe Ricci (UW, Summer 2011)

PHIL 114—Philosophy of Law (UW, Summer 2009) (PHIL 114 Syllabus)

PHIL 241—Topics in Ethics: Ethics and Aesthetics (UW, Winter 2010) (PHIL 241 Syllabus)

PHIL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy (UW, Summer 2010) (PHIL 100 Syllabus)

PHIL 114—Philosophy of Law (UW, Summer 2009) (PHIL 114 Syllabus)

PHILOS 101 – Introduction to Philosophy: Selected Topics and Issues (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Summer 2003, Fall 2003, Spring 2004)


II. Courses Under Development

PHIL 100 – Social and Political Philosophy

This is a survey course covering major philosophers and texts in the history of western political philosophy. The course has a total of five sections: (1) Ancient Political Theory (Plato, Aristotle), (2) Modern Social Contract Theory (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau), (3) The Limits of Liberty (Mill, Marx), (4) Contemporary Political Theory (Rawls, Nozick), and (5) Contemporary Political Issues (Charles Mills, Virginia Held, Jurgen Habermas). The primary text is Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts, edited by Steven M. Cahn.

PHIL 200 – Philosophy of Feminism

There are three sections to this course. The first is “Theorizing Sex/Gender” which will include critiques of gender essentialism, defining oppression, discussions of intersectionality, constructivist and performative accounts of identity, and discussions of queer identities. The second section of the course, “Situated Knowledge,” will focus on the situated knowledge thesis, standpoint theory, and epistemic injustice. Here we will look at several accounts of feminist epistemology and how feminist epistemologists are redefining notions of good research methods. The final section, “Feminist Value Theory,” includes an introduction to the ethics of care, feminist notions of autonomy, and feminist critiques of beauty norms. Primary text: Feminist Philosophy Reader edited by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo. Other readings available via electronic reserves.


PHIL 400 – Kant’s Ethics

This course is designed as an upper-level overview of Kant’s ethical theory. We will be reading Groundwork in its entirety, and spend a considerable amount of time on the Metaphysics of Morals. Selections from the Critique of Practical Reason and the Critique of the Power of Judgment will also be discussed. Along the way we will engage with contemporary interpretive and critical essays from leading Kant scholars including Guyer, Korsgaard, Baxley, Wood, and Hay. Prior instruction in ethics required.

I would also be happy to teach the following:

  • Introduction to Logic, text: Schaum’s Outline of Logic, Nolt, Rohatyn, and Varzi
  • Environmental Ethics, text: Ethics and the Environment: an Introduction, Jamieson; Climate Ethics: Essential Readings, Gardiner; Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty To Duty, Carlson and Lintott
  • History of Aesthetic Theory, text: Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology, Cahn & Meskin eds.
  • Topics in Aesthetics, text: Arguing About Art, Alex Neill
  • The Aesthetics of Nature, text: The Aesthetics of Natural Environments, Carlson & Berleant eds.
  • History of Modern Ethics, text: Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant, J.B Schneewind ed.
  • Kant’s 3rd Critique, text: The Critique of the Power of Judgment, Paul Guyer trans.

III. Teaching Awards and Recognition

Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Philosophy Department, University of Washington, 2014-2015

I was hired as the teaching and learning coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year. Students are chosen based on their record of excellence in teaching. The primary duties include directing the philosophy writing center (http://www.phil.washington.edu/resources/writing-center) and teaching a philosophical pedagogy class to incoming graduate students. Other duties include running quarterly teaching workshops for graduate students and faculty, and providing peer teaching mentoring.

Philosophy Department Teaching Award, University of Washington, 2010

The department grants this competitive award to one or two graduate students per year for excellence in teaching. I won this award in 2010, primarily for my work developing and teaching my solo course in philosophy of law, as well as for my teaching assistant duties.

Dean’s Letter for Exceptional Teaching, University of Washington, 2006, 2008

Exceptional teaching letter is given to those social science teaching assistants who have received exceptionally high student evaluations (usually 4.8 or higher out of 5), both in overall evaluations and in “amount learned.” I have received this letter twice, for the 2006-2007 academic year and the 2008-2009 academic year. (A pdf of the letter is available upon request.)

Center for Teaching and Learning Letter of Thanks, University of Washington, 2012, 2014, 2015.

Letter given to those who planned and facilitated workshops for both the 2012 and 2014 TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Research. My workshops included, “Teaching Your Own Class: First Day and Beyond,” “Balancing Graduate School Demands,” and “Active Learning in the Classroom.” My workshops have received between 4.6 and 4.9 (out of 5) from graduate student evaluations. (2014 Evaluations are available as pdfs: RA:TA Conference Evals Balancing 1 2014RA:TA Balancing Evals 2014 Section2RA:TA Active Learning Class 2014) (All other evaluations available upon request)