I’m an academic philosopher who works on perception. My research focuses on our perceptual experience of the world (phenomenal consciousness) and how it relates to the neural activity in our heads. I integrate work from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and philosophy to investigate the nature of our experience, how it reveals the world to us, and its relation to sensory neural activity. Lately I’ve been interested in applied questions as well, like how to measure the feeling of presence in virtue reality environments and how to improve bodily awareness in athletes.
Toronto is my home. For the winter 2021 semester I’m teaching at York University. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Network for Sensory Research in the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. In that position I worked with Mohan Matthen. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Rice University, working under Casey O’Callaghan. Although I grew up in a small town in southeast Pennsylvania, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia, I think of Houston (where I spent my twenties doing my PhD) as my adopted hometown.
I’ve been a serious amateur athlete much of my life, competing in both powerlifting as a youth and track cycling more recently. Although I’m not currently active in cycling, in the past I’ve raced at velodromes in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. I worked for a few months at a local bike shop and a bit longer as a youth and community cycling coach.
For more on my work, check out my research page. You might also check out this piece I wrote on digital fluency, or this recording of one of my latest talks, on how perception involves experience of the past.