Associate Professor of Philosophy
I specialize in early modern and feminist philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and I have published popular philosophy articles on Harry Potter and True Blood, as well as the book Nicholas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist Universe (Continuum Press, 2010). My two daughers, Anne-Marie (7) and Sophia (2) keep my imagination well occupied, spinning tales of dragons, fairies, witches, and elves. I am also the director of the Africana Studies Minor.
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., English, Davidson College
- Harry Potter
- True Blood
- Nicholas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist Universe
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Gender Studies
- Feminist Philosophy
- Modern Philosophy
- Philosophy of Religion
- "House Elves, Hogwarts, and Friendship: Casting Away the Institutions which Made Voldemort's Rise Possible," Reason Papers June 2012.
- "A Vampire's Heart Has Its Reasons That Scientific Naturalism Can't Understand," True Blood and Philosophy (Wiley and Sons, 2010).
- Nicolas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist World, Continuum Press, November 2009.
- "Divine Simplicity and Divine Command Ethics," International Philosophical Quarterly December 2008.
- "Efficacious Ideas, Order, and the Status of Attention," Journal of the History of Philosophy January 2005
- Book review, Steven Nadler's Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians, Philosophy in Review Vol. 32, No. 3 June 2012.
- Book review, Andrew Pyle's Malebranche, European Journal of Philosophy, December 2006.
- Book review, Cambridge Companion to Malebranche, Philosophical Quarterly, April 2001
- In collaboration with Rosemarie Tong, "Feminist approaches to Jurisprudence," American Philosophical Association Newsletters 94:2 Spring 1995.
Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion