• Assistant Professor, Iona College, Fall 2014-
  • Full-time Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, 2012-2014


  • PhD, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, August 2012 
  • BA, Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude), University of Northern Iowa, 2005


Competitive Awards, Grants, Honors

  • Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2011-Spring 2012 (a      competitive university-wide fellowship, awarded to 8 PhD students each year)
  • Franklin J. Matchette Teaching Award, 2011
  • Kendall Berry Ethics Dissertation Prospectus Prize, 2011
  • University Graduate Fellowship, five-year service-free award, Fall 2006-Spring 2011 (most      prestigious top-off award offered by the Graduate School)
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2011 and 2010

Conference Presentations

  • "From Potentially to Actually Inappropriate Treatment: An Interest Based Account" (with Elizabeth Edenberg and Trevor Bibler). 2016 Annual Meeting for American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, D.C., October 6-9, 2016

  • "'It's Only Natural': A Comparative Analysis of Meat Eating and Breastfeeding." Society for Analytic Feminism, Lowell, MA, September 16-18, 2016

  • “The Empress and the Beast: Finding a Philosophical Voice in Fiction.” Human Animal Boundary Conference, Macau, China, November 27-28, 2015

  • “Freud and Animal Affect.” Affect, Politics, Psychoanalysis Conference at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 21-23, 2013

  • “Can We Name Without Confining?: Derrida and Animal Identity.” Paper accepted for the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference at Rochester, NY, November 2, 2012.  (Not presented due to Hurricane Sandy)
  • Eating for Two: A Reflection on the Pregnant Body and Consumption.” Women and Food Workshop at Alberta, Canada, September 16, 2012
  • “Racializing Cruelty: Dehumanization In the Name of Animal Advocacy.” The 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference at Philadelphia, PA, October 21, 2011
  • “From Animal Father to Animal Mother: A Freudian Account of Animal Care Ethics.” The 5th Annual Meeting of philoSOPHIA: A Continental Feminist Society at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May    6, 2011
  • “Derrida and the Sovereign.” Graduate Student Symposium at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 31, 2011
  • “Giving Animals a Hearing: Rights Discourse and Animal Representation in Animal Ethics.” The 14th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy at Montréal, Canada, November 6, 2010 
  • “Seek Peace: A Comparison of Montaigne’s and Hobbes’ Respective Skepticisms and Their Attempts to Promote Peace.” The 16th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, November 12, 2005

Public Lecture

  • "The Table and the Bedroom: The Intersections Between Animal Ethics and Feminism," The University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy and World Religions Speaker Series 2013-2014, Cedar Falls, IA, April 17, 2014

  • “Refusing to Speak: The Limits of Representation in Animal Advocacy,” 2011/2012 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellows Lecture Series at Vanderbilt University, March 28, 2012

Panel Discussions

  • Commentary on Panel: “Comic Reversals: Tripping on the Domestic Rug and Bringing Down the Imperial House,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 18, 2012
  • Commentary on Kalpana Seshadri’s HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language, Author Meets Critics, Vanderbilt University, October 10, 2012
  • “Animal Ethics,” Thinking Without Borders Colloquium Series at Vanderbilt University, March 16, 2012
  • Commentary on Kelly Oliver’s Animal Lessons, Thinking Without Borders Colloquium Series at Vanderbilt University, February 5, 2010

My full CV is available upon request.