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My Approach

If philosophy is a practice of self-inquiry, my primary teaching goal is to empower my students to articulate, contextualize, and critique their own positions. Second, we aim to approach disagreement with others productively and with compassion. Bearing witness to students' self-discovery is a privilege of teaching, and I employ a variety of methods to bring this about dialogically.

Nothing keeps wonder alive for me like witnessing students' first encounter with philosophical thinking. My approach to teaching introductory courses is one of collaborative passion. Each year, I teach several sections of "Philosophy and the Good Life" at Gannon University, a first year core course in thematic questions and abiding concerns of philosophical inquiry, in which we interrogate what it means to live well and how to pursue that goal. As a teaching fellow at Boston College, I regularly taught, as sole instructor, a full-year core seminar, "Philosophy of the Person," introducing students to key thinkers and questions in the western philosophical tradition, with an emphasis on ethics and questions of human nature. I have also taught "Foundations of Moral Philosophy" at RIT - Dubai, an experience that deeply enriched my appreciation of the social contexts that form our moral intuitions and the importance of dialogue in self-knowledge.

In addition to my regular intro offerings, I teach 200-level classes including Women in Western Philosophy and courses in Gannon's History of Philosophy cycle. I am always thinking up new courses to reach students where they're at, and regularly solicit student input to find out content that would pique their interest.


To encourage students to consider philosophy's relevance beyond the classroom, and to engage students from a variety of interests and backgrounds, I often pair our core texts with materials from other disciplines, popular culture, or contemporary issues in the news. I am practiced teaching in multiple modalities including in-person, hybrid, and remote.

Student reports confirm my commitment to ensuring our classroom is a welcoming space for vulnerable discussion where diverse and often divergent views are taken seriously and treated with respect.

Courses Taught

Women in Western Philosophy

A course that explores the historical concepts of femininity alongside the contributions that women have made to the history of philosophy. Authors read include Sappho, Christine de Pizan, St. Theresa of Avila, Emilie du Châtelet, Margaret Cavendish, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, bell hooks, Hannah Arendt, Edith Stein, and Simone Weil.

Philosophy & The Good Life

An introductory core course that explores the perennial existential questions that have occupied the history of philosophy from its inception. Authors read include Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Marcus Aurelius, St. Thomas, Descartes, Mill, Kant, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, and others.

Foundations of Moral Philosophy

An elective course that explores ethical reasoning, focusing on deontology, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics. We also address ethical egoism, social contract theory, relativism & subjectivism, care ethics, and existentialism.

Philosophy of the Person

An introductory core course that engages questions about human nature and the pursuit of the good life.

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