B.Sci (Calvin College); M.A., Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)
I received a B.Sci in physics from Calvin College in May 2005, but realized partway through my studies that my true passion lay in exploring the historical and philosophical aspects of physics and of science more generally. I completed an M.A. (Jan 2008) in Philosophy and a Ph.D (May 2011) in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, and in September 2011 began a philosophy postdoc here at Aberdeen.
Since much of my work is deeply interdisciplinary, I look forward to a career centered not only on foundational work in the history and philosophy of physics, but furthermore of monitoring and engaging with evolving meta-issues arising between philosophy of science and metaphysics, as well as in the arenas of science, technology and values, science and religion, and the perception of science in the public sphere.
My extracurricular projects include working towards the status of amateur concert pianist, composing a jazz psalter, singing with both the Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan Societies, playing blocker/hitter for the Beacon Volleyball Club, and rambling in the highlands. I also deeply enjoy single-malt whiskey.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
Philosophy of Physics (espcially quantum mechanics); History & Philosophy of Science
AREAS OF COMPETENCE:
Science, Technology & Values; Metaphysics; Science & Religion
My research at present is focused on writing a book with Guido Bacciagaluppi, provisionally titled 'The Einstein Paradox': The debate on nonlocality and incompleteness in 1935. The book explores both historical and philosophical aspects of quantum mechanics as conceived by the theory's primary contributors (including, but not limited to: Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Einstein, Bohr, Pauli and Born).
Bacciagaluppi and I are also co-editing a volume for Springer on Grete Hermann, one of the very first philosophers of quantum mechanics. Our work on Hermann extends beyond this forthcoming volume, e.g. we are preparing a paper analyzing an excellent 1933 essay written by Hermann that we only recently discovered, wherein she discusses the question of indeterminism and quantum mechanics.
I am also working on publishing aspects of my dissertation, which concerned quantum decoherence and its implications for philosophy of physics (specifically regarding interlevel relations like reduction and emergence) and for metaphysics (specifically regarding mereology and compositional ontology).
CV Spring 2013