About Me

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I am currently an Instructor in Humanities and Cultural Studies at USF.  My expertise and interests are in early modern philosophy, medicine, and science in Europe, roughly 1600-1800.  I am also interested in history and philosophy of science more generally, especially feminist philosophy of science and the history of philosophy of science (HOPOS).

In colloboration with my colleague Peter Distelzweig, I have begun a research program aimed at understanding the interaction between physicians and philosophers in early modern Europe.  This project hopes to rethink our understanding of early modern philosophy and science, by emphasizing the medical context and background to much of natural philosophy in this period.  For an overview of what we're up to and the activities we have planned, please see 'Medicine, Philosophy, and the Scientific Revolution.'

We organized a large international conference in November 2012, Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy.

My current work focuses on the role of teleology in William Harvey's philosophical anatomy (see the Research section for more info). Harvey is best known for his work on the heart, an organ full of social, philosophical, and scientific significance (not to mention the heart of many puns):
Cor animalium, fundamentum est vitae, princeps omnium, Microcosmi Sol, a quo omnis vegetatio dependet, vigor omnis & robur emenat.  Rex pariter regnorum suorum fundamentum, & Mirocosmi sui Sol, Republicae Cor est, a quo omnis emenat potestas, omnis gratia provenit.
(Harvey 1628, Dedication to Charles). 
[The heart of living things is the foundation of their life, the Prince of all their parts, the sun of their microcosm, that upon which all growth depends and whence all vigor and strength emenates. Equally, the King is the foundation of his kingdom, the sun of his microcosm, the heart of his state, from whom all power flows and all grace emenates]
(My translation)

Employment

2013 - Present: Instructor, University of South Florida, Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies
2012 - 2013: Lecturer, East Tennesse State University, Department of Philosophy and Humanities.
  

Education

University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, 2012
 "William Harvey, Soul Searcher: Teleology and Philosophical Anatomy" (Advisors: Peter Machamer and James Lennox)
M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, June 2007.
M.A., Philosophy, June 2011

Carleton College
B.A., Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, June 2004

Honors and Awards

2004 – 2005: Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
Summer 2006: Society for the Social History of Medicine Travel Bursary
2006 – 2007: HPS Departmental Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
2008 – 2009: HPS Departmental Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
March 2009: FC Wood Grant, Philadelpha College of Physicians
Summer 2009: Wes Salmon Fund, University of Pittsburgh

Administrative Experience

Program Assistant, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh (September 2010 - August 2011).  Responsible for a variety of projects and duties related to the mission of the Center, including database maintainance, computer and technical support, planning and support for local, national, and international conferences.

Professional Service

Co-organizer of the 7th International Pitt/CMU Graduate Student Conference (2005)
Co-organizer Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy Workshop (2011)
Co-organizer Medicine, Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution Reading Group (2011-2012)
Co-organizer Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy International Conference (2012)
Paper Reviewer, 7th-11th International Pitt/CMU Graduate Student Conferences
Commenter on Ben Almassi's (U Wash): “Relativism as Science Studies Methodology,” 10th International Pitt/CMU Graduate Student Conference
Referee for Isis, HOPOS, Philosophy of Science

Languages

English (Midwestern, e.g., 'pop'), French, Greek (beginner), Italian (beginner), Latin, Spanish