• Thompson Professor of Philosophy

    Johns 205
    (434) 223-6388


Ph.D. Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1999 

M.A. Philosophy, Florida State University, 1993

M.A. History, Florida State University, 1992

B.A. Philosophy, Florida State University, 1990

B.A. International Affairs, Florida State University, 1990

Teaching Interests

History of philosophy, especially early modern (1600-1800)
Metaphysics and epistemology
Philosophy of history and historiography
Philosophy of political economy
Philosophy of religion
Philosophy of social science
Philosophy through science fiction literature
Modern European history

Committee Assignments & Service to the College

Escape Hampden-Sydney coordinator (Escape Room)
Former Ethics Bowl Coordinator
Strategy Game Club Advisor
Chess Club Advisor
Student-Faculty-Staff Basketball (SFS)
+ Various committee service

Other Interests

Strategy wargaming
Discussing all things historical and philosophical
Basketball and hockey
Dogs (especially Dachshunds)

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Research interests: Philosophy, European history, philosophy of economics, political economy, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, intellectual history.
Potential topics for students: Immaterialism (in various applications), issues in political economy (public choice, the problem of political authority, etc.), issues in the history of philosophy, issues in the philosophy of religion/theology, others.