I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Outreach Coordinator for UNC's Philosophy Outreach Program and the Parr Center for Ethics.  My research focuses on issues related to the nature of desire and moral motivation, as well as philosophical and applied issues in the philosophy of punishment - with an emphasis on questions arising out of racial injustice in American policing and punishment. Additionally, I regularly participate in philosophy discussions with young children, high school students, youth offenders, and residents of local retirement communities.

Previously, I was the Assistant Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska, and my B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Minnesota.