Department of Religion and Philosophy
Associate Professor Education
Adviser to Aegis: The Otterbein Humanities Journal
University of Washington, PhD, 2006
The Ohio State University, BA, 1996 Research and Teaching Interests
Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, and Race Theory. Selected Publications
- “Joking About Race and Ethnicity,” in eds, Linda Martin Alcoff, Luvell Anderson, and Paul Taylor, Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race (forthcoming)
- ”Pornography, Ethics, and the Gamer’s Dilemma,” Ethics and Information Technology 15:1 (2013), pp. 25-34.
- “Exclusivism and Evaluation: Art, Erotica, and Pornography,” in ed. Hans Maes, Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 43-57.
- “Against the Moralistic Fallacy: A Modest Proposal for a Modest Sentimentalism about Humor,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15:1 (2012), pp. 83-94.
- “The Incorrigible Social Meaning of Video Games Imagery: Making Ethical Sense of Single-Player video Games,” Ethics and Information Technology 14:4 (2011), pp. 303-312.
- “Ethics and Video Games,” in Brown and Goldblatt, eds., Aesthetics: A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2011), pp. 386-390.
- “Monstrous Thoughts and the Moral Identity Thesis,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 36:2 (2008), pp. 181-193.
- “Moral Vices and Artistic Virtues: Eugene Onegin and Alice,” Philosophia 42:2 (2008), pp. 187-201.
Professional Affiliations and Awards
- Member of the American Society for Aesthetics, American Philosophical Association, and Society for Women in Philosophy
- Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2004 and 2002)
As a teacher, I teach discussion based classes in ethical theory and metaethics, applied ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, philosophy of human rights, and symbolic logic. As a researcher, I spend most of my time thinking about moral evaluation in imaginative contexts, e.g., art, video games, pornography, and joke. I am currently working on projects in the philosophy of humor.