I was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Albion, MI and Columbus, OH. After attending Ohio State University (BA, Phi Beta Kappa), I completed my masters degree at the University of Oxford (B.Phil). I then spent two years at The Lawrenceville School, where I taught (philosophy, literature, history), coached (football, rowing), and served as a housemaster.
In 2002 I returned to Oxford, where I began a dissertation under the supervision of Paul Snowdon. Before finishing, I taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Duke University. While at Duke, I also served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy. After completing my D.Phil at the University of Oxford in 2008, I moved to Memphis. Here I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy, an affiliate faculty member in the Institute for Intelligent Systems, and – following stints as Department Chair and Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities – Editor of the Southern Journal of Philosophy ... again. Whatever happened to time off for good behavior?