Research

I am currently preparing to enter the dissertation phase of my doctoral program where I will be working toward establishing Craft Theory as a field of study independent from Art Theory without denying the deep relationship between these two fields. Using ideas and methodologies from areas like Object-Oriented Ontology, Analytic Phenomenology, and Philosophy of Mind, I will explore Craft practice as the entry point for new forms of embodied relational epistemologies, de-individualized structures of selfhood, and notions of cosmological materialism.

I am also leaning heavily into conference and symposium presentations to workshop my ideas and find others who may be working on similar philosophical threads with the goal of collaboration in the future.

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Teaching

Engaging students and cultivating healthy curiosity and skepticism is at the core of my teaching practice. My goal is to help students discover how nearly any subject, especially philosophy and the arts, can enrich their lives, foster critical thinking, and give them a deeper level of social comprehension.

My teaching methods are a mixture of student-led and traditional instruction with a highly personable and lighthearted style. I never assume that a student is not capable of comprehending deep or complex ideas. Lower expectations from instructors have been shown to result in lower levels of achievement and enjoyment from students. I believe that anyone can master any topic with enough guidance, practice, and patience.

I absolutely love what I do, and I make sure to show that to my students everyday.

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