I am originally from Boston where I did my undergraduate degrees at Boston College in philosophy and political science, followed by master's degrees at the University of Toronto and doctorate from Saint Louis University. I also spent a term as a visiting undergraduate at London School of Economics and then later as a visiting graduate student at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Some of my hobbies and interests are film, baseball, literature, jazz, cycling and art history.
My major research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy (especially Aristotle), as well as some early modern and contemporary philosophy, with a topical focus in ethics and social-political philosophy.
I have taught courses in most periods of the history of philosophy, including more advanced seminars in ancient philosophy. I also teach ethics (theoretical and applied), critical thinking, classical Greek language and contemporary political theory.
- UNB Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013
- “Public Reason and the Sources of Deliberative Conflict: Beiner, Rawls and the Legacy of Civil Religion for Political Liberalism,” (Review Essay) European Journal of Political Theory, July 2013.
- "Disunity, Conflict and the Religious Violence Thesis,” Invited Speaker for Conference on Religious Violence: Myth or Reality? Department of Political Science, Dartmouth College, May 11, 2012
- "Aristotle on the Function of the Political Mean" in F. Lisi (Ed.), The Conflict's Harmony in Aristotle's Politics (Academia Verlag).
- Civil Religion in Political Thought: Its Perennial Questions and Enduring Relevance in North America, co-edited with John von Heyking (Washington, DC: Catholic University Press of America, 2010).
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