I’m a Philosophy PhD student at UC Berkeley, working in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of science.

I argue in my dissertation that our concept of consciousness is a functional concept. This stands in opposition to the view, popular amongst philosophers of mind, that thinking of the mind in a first-personal, experiential way is distinct from thinking of the mind in a third-personal, scientific way. The ultimate goal is to articulate the conceptual foundations that make a science of consciousness possible.

I graduated from Harvard in 2012 with a philosophy degree in the interdisciplinary Mind, Brain, and Behavior program.

I keep up a coding hobby by building tools for academics. I like to hike. And I enjoy the friendly competition of strategy-based board games.