I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. I study philosophy, theology, and ethics. I am especially interested in the problem of evil - in how it has been addressed in the history of Christian (and more broadly monotheistic) thought, and how contemporary philosophers, theologians, and ethicists continue to reckon with it. My dissertation examines how basic philosophical and theological commitments influence ethical deliberation. Beliefs about divine sovereignty and human agency, for example, cannot help but shape one’s normative aspirations. I focus in particular on the concept of contingency, and argue that moral purity and political harmony are impossible if the world is subject to contingent events, or events that fall outside of God’s causal purview. On this view, much occurs contrary to God’s will and intentions, which is one way of understanding the traditional Christian claim that creation is fallen. A fallen world is just a world beset by contingency. In addition to my research, I manage the website for the Religion and Its Publics Project. I help edit their blog The Square, and I manage the project's Twitter and Facebook profiles as well. Before starting my PhD at UVa, I did an MA in Theology and Religion at Durham University. As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy and English literature at the University of Colorado.
To read essentially the same information in different places, you can visit my profile page for the Department of Religious Studies and for Academia.edu. I read an alarming amount of long-form journalism, and I've recently started to recommend the best pieces on Twitter.