ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY
& AFFILIATE PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES
I work primarily in metaethics and normative ethics (in the virtue tradition) on issues related to moral and rational development. Other of my teaching experience and research interests lie in the history of ethics, political and legal philosophy, bioethics, Aristotle, and philosophy of religion. My recent book, God and Morality (Cambridge University Press) is now available online and for order in print here.
From 2019 to 2021 I am working as a co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Krista Mehari (Psychology, University of South Alabama), Dr. Joseph Currier (Psychology, University of South Alabama), and Marie Chastang (United Methodist Inner City Mission) on an interdisciplinary project that aims to develop virtue-promotive interventions for adolescents in an under-resourced urban context. We explore the role of transcendent goals in this process. Our grant is funded by the Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents project led by Dr. Sarah Schnitker and Dr. Benjamin Houltberg.
I am a co-organizer of the annual Political Philosophy and Religion Workshop, which seeks to promote scholarship intersecting philosophy of religion and political science, religion, theology, and law. This year we are meeting monthly on zoom; send me an email if you'd like to participate.
I joined the philosophy faculty at Baylor University in fall of 2019 and became an Affiliate Professor in Medical Humanities in 2020.
I earned my PhD in philosophy at Georgetown University, and then was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame on the Hope and Optimism Project. In fall 2016, I joined the faculty of philosophy at the University of South Alabama where I held a joint appointment in the College of Medicine; I developed and delivered a virtue-based Bioethics curriculum for first through third year medical students.
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. This (mostly) explains my love of the water, the Miami Heat, and Cuban food. I grew to love biology and so left Miami's beaches for college with aspirations to go into cancer research.
I attended Baylor University where I earned a BA in 2010 in University Scholars -- an interdisciplinary program in the honors college -- and met my now husband (who also did a PhD in philosophy). I started off studying biochemistry and music composition, then tried out classics and creative writing, and finally ended up in philosophy. Those early interests have made their way back into my work in bioethics and ancient philosophy, confirming my conviction that not all who wander (academically) are lost.
Below is a list of courses I've taught or am teaching. Click on a course title to see a copy of the syllabus or course website (for current classes).
I am the faculty advisor for the Baylor Bioethics Bowl team. Baylor competed for the first time this year in the online National Bioethics Bowl and tied with the first place team in number of points scored.
As faculty advisor for the South Alabama Bioethics Club, I organized and hosted two National Bioethics Bowl competitions. In 2018, our team placed 5th at Nationals.
Below are publications and works in progress. I'm happy to send drafts of works in progress or under review upon request. (Titles changed for works under review)
Aristotle, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, eds. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (2020).
Varieties of Theism and Explanations of Moral Realism, European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (2021): 25-50.
Conscience, in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, eds. Tim Crane and Elinor Mason (under contract).
projects in progress (titles changed if under review)
One Goodness, Many Goodnesses with Tom Ward
Theistic Ethics Workshop, 7/10/20, Princeton Rutgers Philosophy of Religion colloquium, March 2021
More Relative Goodness. (in progress)
Growing Up and Acting for the Right Reasons. (in progress)
Metaethics Colloquium, April 2021.
Focal Meaning & Practical Reasons (under review)
Women in Philosophy in the Chicago Area Workshop, Northwestern University, 12/1/16
How to Get Realistic About Moral Reasons without Losing Your Mind Dependence (under review)
RoME, University of Colorado--Boulder, 8/18; South Carolina Philosophical Association meeting, College of Charleston, 2/24/12
Rethinking Moral Objectivity (draft)
Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association Meeting, 10/5/14
Divine Friendship and Moral Motivation (under review)
Ryerson Philosophy of Religion Workshop, 12/9/20; Baylor University, 2/2019; Theistic Ethics Workshop, William and Mary, 10/5-7/17
normative ethics and moral psychology
Worthwhile Friendship Requires Character Realism. (under review)
Surprising Empirical Directions for Thomistic Moral Psychology. (forthcoming in ACPQ)
Repurposing As a Means to Self Transcendence with Catherine Marple and Sarah Schnitker (under revision)
Developing Virtue-Promotive Interventions for Adolescents through Participatory Action Research ($205,000 grant through Character Strengths Interventions in Adolescents project, 2019-2021)
An Aristotelian Dilemma for Reductive Realism About Character with Alina Beary (under review)
ACPA, November 9, 2018
Hope and Blame with Colin Hickey (draft)
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 10, 2017; Moral Failure and Recovery Workshop, June 2017; The Nature and Norms of Hope Conference, Cornell University, April 2017
philosophy of religion
Divine Love and Omnirationality (in progress)
Alabama Philosophical Society, 9/17)
political philosophy & applied ethics
Combatting the Opioid Crisis: A Shared Responsibility Account (draft)
Opioids and Ethics Conference, University of South Alabama, November 2018, November 2017
Child Sex Trafficking: What the US Can Do About It (in progress)
Human Development and Capabilities Association Meeting, Georgetown University, 9/13/15; Hope College, 9/29/15
Solving the Priority Problem for the Capabilities Approach (draft)
Human Development and Capabilities Association meeting, Athens, GE, 9/3/14
Epistemic Norms Constrain Practical Authority (draft)
University College Dublin, 3/2011
ancient and medieval philosophy
Aristotle on Friendship and Loving the Good Haplos (in progress)
Errors of Reason in De Anima iii.3 (Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 5/4/14)
The Grounds of Moral Obligations in Aquinas's Natural Law Ethics (under review)
Notre Dame Moral Theology Colloquium, invited 2/17/16