- PhD, 2019, University of Chicago (Philosophy of Religion)
- Dissertation: “Hegel’s Sacrificial Imagination”
- Dissertation Committee: Ryan Coyne, Françoise Meltzer, Jean-Luc Marion
- MA, 2011, University of Chicago (Divinity)
- BA, 2008, Centre College (Double Major: Philosophy, Religion)
APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS
- Skidmore College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (2019-2020).
- University of Louisville, Instructor of Comparative Humanities (2018-2019).
- Kentucky Wesleyan College, Online Instructor of Philosophy (2018-2019).
- University of California Santa Barbara, Dissertation Fellow, International Center for the Humanities and Social Change (2017-2018).
- University of Chicago, Junior Fellow, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion (2016-2017); Communications Coordinator & Digital Content Editor, Workshop for the Philosophy of Religions (2014-2016); Teaching Assistant to Kevin Hector (2013).
- Centre College (2015), Visiting Instructor of Philosophy (2015); Research Assistant, W. David Hall (2006-2007).
- Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum, Grant recipient (2014).
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Mysticism and Materialism in the Wake of German Idealism. Co-authored with Sean Hannan. Routledge Press, Series: Contemporary Theological Explorations of Mysticism (March).
- “Infinite Light, Blind Power: Fichtean ‘Mysticism’ Between Kant and Marx.” Presentation to the University of Chicago Workshop for the Philosophy of Religions (March 22).
- “Divine Self-Hatred: Georges Bataille and the Materialist Reception of Medieval Mysticism.” International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 10-12).
- “Presenting the Unpresentable: History and Redemption in Novalis and Benjamin.” Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference: Continental Philosophy and its Histories. Co-Sponsored by the University of Warwick Department of Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy. Remote (March 26).
- “Novalis’ Nachtbegeisterung: Apophasis and Poesis at The Limits of Transcendental Reflection.” Thinking About Nothing: Negation, Philosophy, and the Mystical; co-hosted the Mystical Theology Network and the Association for Continental Philosophy. Liverpool Hope University. Liverpool, UK (July) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED COMPLICATIONS.
- “Fichte’s Transcendental Critique of Neoplatonic and Christian Mysticism.” North American Fichte Society Early-Career Workshop. Remote. (July) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED COMPLICATIONS.
- “‘Broken, Torn, Splitting: Georges Bataille’s Mystical Praxis.” Annual Faculty Lecture, Skidmore College Religious Studies Department (March 30). CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED COMPLICATIONS.
- “Freedom and the Fate of the Gift: Hegel and Marion on Eucharistic Presence.” Questioning Boundaries of Participation: Eucharist and Ordination. Sponsored by the Catholic Studies Unit. American Academy of Religion Western Region Annual Meeting. Claremont Graduate University. (March 14)
- “Transcendental Frustration: A Critical Re-Appraisal of the Hegelian Legacy for Philosophy of Religion.” The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 18:3 (October 5).
- Book Review: Remnants of Hegel: Remains of Ontology, Religion, and Community, by Felix Duque. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion (September 2019).
- Panel Organizer: “Mystical Materialisms: Mysticism and Concrete and Critical Praxis.” Co-sponsored by the Mysticism Unit and the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado (November 18)
- “Kenotic Misapprehension: Self-Emptying and Religious Imagination in Post-Hegelian Materialisms,” Mystical Materialisms: Mysticism and Concrete and Critical Praxis. Co-sponsored by the Mysticism Unit and the Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado (November 18)
- “The Limits of Conviction: Hegel and Weber on the Possibilities of Modern Community.” Humanities and Social Change, Fact and Value in Public Life: Plural Cultures, Media, and the Academy Today, Summer Institute. Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy. (June 26)
- “Hegel and Bataille on Sacrifice.” The Hegel Bulletin, Special Issue 2018: Hegel and 20th Century French Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. (October)
- “Re-Thinking the Hegelian Legacy: Infinity, Death, and Religion in the 1800 System,” Situating Philosophy of Religion, Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. (April 22)
- Book review: Hegel’s Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation, by Molly B. Farneth. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion. (January).
- “Selfhood and Sacrifice in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit” in Self or No-self: The Debate About Selflessness and The Sense of Self. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, (Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck).
- “Reason, Revolution, and Religion: Hegel and the Crises of Modernity.” Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Public Panel, University of Chicago (May 18).
- “Hegel and Hölderlin on Post-Kantian idealism: Sacrificial Love and the Limits of Verstand,” Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Fellowship Seminar (March 29).
- “The Idea of Sacrifice in Hegel’s Early Reflections on Enlightenment and Religion” Oberseminar, dir. by Jean-Luc Marion, University of Chicago (February 14).
- Book review: The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel, by Robyn Marasco. Radical Philosophy Review, vol 19, no. 2: 513-516.
- Book review: Tragedy in Hegel’s Early Theological Writings, by Peter Wake. The Journal of Religion, vol. 96, issue 3: 432-433.
- “Selfhood and Sacrifice in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” Claremont Graduate University, 36th Annual Conference on the Philosophy of Religion, Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum Graduate Student Seminar.
- “Onto-theo-dicy: Historicism, Realism, and Sacrifice in the Works of Hegel, University of Chicago, Workshop on the Philosophy of Religions, October 30.
- “The Colophon of Doubt is Part of the Text: Dialectics of Consciousness in Lacanian Psychoanalysis and European Idealism,” University of Chicago, Philosophy of Religions Club, Feb 13.
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Peer Reviewer, Idealistic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Duquesne University; Journal of Church and State (Oxford University Press); Journal of Religion (University of Chicago); Filozofia (Institute for Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences); Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas); Symposia: The Journal of Religion (University of Toronto).
Intermediate: French, German
Beginner: Italian, Latin, Attic Greek