About me

I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and director of the MA program in Ethics & Applied Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

I am currently researching the historical connections between philosophy and biology. My forthcoming book, Pragmatism’s Evolution: Organism and Environment in American Philosophy (University of Chicago Press), explores how developments in the life sciences at the end of the nineteenth century shaped the ideas of American philosophers such as William James, John Dewey, Jane Addams, and W. E. B. Du Bois.

My earlier work in the philosophy of biology focused on how research in experimental biology, ecology, and paleobiology, suitably understood, can help answer broader questions about the relative importance of different causal factors in evolutionary history. Is natural selection the only causal factor in evolution? If others are proposed, how do we determine whether they are actually important?