University Address

Villanova University
Department of Philosophy
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
P: 610-519-8997


Villanova University, Philosophy2015
Dissertation: The Epistemic Foundations of German Biology, 1790—1802
Committee: Dalia Nassar, Walter Brogan, James Wetzel

Mellon Fellowship
New York Botanical Garden2015—2016
Visiting Researcher
University of Sydney, History of Philosophy and Science2013
Villanova University, Philosophy2010
DePaul University, Philosophy, with honors2006

Areas of Research

Areas of Specialization
18th-Century German Philosophy, 18th-Century Biology
Areas of Competence
Environmental Philosophy, History of Philosophy and Science


  1. "J. F. Blumenbach's Conferva fontinalis as Proto-Model Organism" NYBG Science Humanities Series. (New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY: Nov. 2015).
  2. "Erasmus Darwin's The Botanic Garden: A Poem by Any Other Name?" Humanities Institute Fellow Presentations. (New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY: Sep.2015).
  3. "On Blumenbach's Concept of Nature," Nature and the Philosophy of Nature in German Idealism and Romanticism. (The University of Sydney. Sydney, AU: June 2015).
  4. "The Conceptual Foundations of the Anthropocene: Schelling's Critique of Failed Philosophies of Nature," Schelling in the Anthropocene: Thinking Beyond the Annihiliation of Nature. (North American Schelling Society, Bard College, NY: August 2014).
  5. "Max Stirner's Der Einzige und sein Eigentum: An Incunabulum of Posthumanism." After Us. Perspectives on Humanism, Posthumanism, and Transhumanism. (Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ: January 2013).
  6. "The Plants Declaim: To Threptikon in Agamben's Reading of Aristotle." Collegium Phaenomenologicum Participants' Conference (Città di Castello, Italy: July 2012).
  7. "The Unsavable Figure of Life: Inoperativity in Agamben's The Open." animal.machine.sovereign. (SUNY-Buffalo, NY: April 2011).

Honors and Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship
Villanova University Summer Graduate Research Grant, College of Arts and Science
Villanova University Graduate Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Intensive Language Study Grant
Villanova University Graduate Fellowship, Philosophy Department

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Villanova University2010—2015

  1. PHI—1000/1050: Introduction to Philosophy (13 courses)
    — Survey course of the fundamental problems in the history of philosophy, required for all undergraduates
  2. PHI—1000 Fast Forward — Accelerated Introduction to Philosophy (1 course)
    — Introduction to philosophy for continuing education students, required
  3. PHI—1000 Distance Learning — Online Introduction to Philosophy (1 course)
    — Introduction to philosophy via online lectures, discussion, exams, and assignments
  4. PHI—2410: Philosophy of Sex & Love (1 course)
    — Introduction to fundamental questions concerning love, sex, gender, marriage, sexual orientation, and other topics

Graduate Assistant, Villanova University2008—2010

  1. PHI—5000: The Problem of Evil (1 course)
  2. HON—4351: Food, Sustainability, Place (1 course)
  3. PHI—1050: Introduction to Philosophy (2 courses)

Academic Service and Membership

Villanova Dissertation Working Group
Co-Organizer. The Enlightenment and the Development of Philosophical Anthropology
November 2014
Co-Founder. Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy
Co-Chair. Villanova Philosophy Graduate Student Union
Conference Co-Organizer. New French Thought
April 2009

History of Science Society
Goethe Society of North America
Schelling Society of North America


  • German (advanced reading knowledge)
  • Ancient Greek (intermediate reading knowledge)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • French (intermediate reading knowledge)

Technological Skills and Training

Digital Humanities Certification

— Methodology, Audio Editing, Content Management Systems, Geographic Information System (GIS)

HTML, CSS, Photoshop

Relevant Coursework (Villanova University unless noted otherwise)

  • Kant's Philosophy of Nature, Drs. Eckart Förster and Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)
  • History of the Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Daniela Helbig (University of Sydney)
  • History of Modern Science, Dr. Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney)
  • Kant's First Critique, Dr. Dalia Nassar
  • The Concept of Nature in German Romanticism, Dr. Dalia Nassar
  • Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Dr. William Desmond
  • Spinoza, Dr. Julie Klein
  • Politics of Nature, Dr. Chaone Mallory and Dr. Walter Brogan
  • Wittgenstein, Drs. James Wetzel and Paul Livingston
  • Philosophy of Language, Dr. Paul Livingston