I am a postdoctoral associate at Duke in the Imagination and Modal Cognition lab and at the Universidad de los Andes in the Emociones lab. My research focuses on questions at the intersection of the philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and ethics.
At the core of my research is a distinctive theory of vigilance, which i define as the capacity to guide behavior in light of one’s plans. Vigilance is central to my account of temporally-extended agency, responsibility for negligence, norms of attention, mind wandering, moral values, and cognitive architecture. Roughly, vigilance strategically allocates cognitive resources across multiple processes to facilitate plural goal pursuit. Thus, vigilance is central to realizing temporally extended planning agency.
Currently, I am supported by a grant from the James S. McDonnell foundation to study cultural variability in moral attitudes. This research aims to provide new conceptual, methodological, and statistical frameworks for assessing moral cognition. I am currently working on projects that measure distinct behavioral responses to different kinds of moral norms, cultural variability in virtue prototypes, and objectivist attitudes toward value structures.
I am also interested in attributional processes underlying judgments of free will and responsibility, especially in situations of negligence. I have done research on how perceptions of negligence affect judgments of causality and blame and different cognitive mechanisms of these judgments.
My background is in academic philosophy (action and mind). I got my PhD from Notre Dame in 2019, where my supervisors were Robert Audi and Fritz Warfield. i have also spent time at Saint Louis University and Stanford University.