Department of Philosophy
University of Virginia
Professor, University of Virginia (2017-present)
Associate Professor, University of Virginia (2014-2017)
Associate Professor, University of Leeds (2010-2014)
Lecturer, University of Leeds (2006-2010)
PhD, University of St. Andrews (2006)
Dissertation: Conceptual Room for Ontic Vagueness
Supervisors: Daniel Nolan, Katherine Hawley
MLitt, University of St. Andrews (2004)
BA (Philosophy), Davidson College (2003)
Areas of Specialization:
Metaphysics, Ethics, Social Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy
Areas of Competence:
Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion
(2016) The Minority Body: a theory of disability
(2016) Current Controversies in Metaphysics (as editor)
(forthcoming) ‘Gender and Gender Terms’. Noûs.
(forthcoming) ‘Symmetric Dependence’ in Reality and Its Structure (Graham Priest and Ricki Bliss, eds.), Oxford University Press
‘Against Impairment: Replies to Aas, Howard, and Francis’. Philosophical Studies 175 (5): 1151-1162. 2018.
(2016) ‘Realism and Social Structure’, Philosophical Studies 174 (10): 2417-2433. 2017.
(2016) ‘Reply to Kahane and Savulescu’, Res Philosohica 93 (1): 295-309. 2016.
(2015) 'What You Can Expect When You Don't Want to Be Expecting', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research symposium on LA Paul's Transformative Experience
(2015) 'Social Identities and Transformative Experience', for a special issue of Res Philosophica on transformative experience
(2014) ‘Going Beyond the Fundamental: Feminism in Contemporary Metaphysics’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 114 (3), p. 335-51.
(2014) ‘Valuing Disability, Causing Disability’, Ethics 125 (1), p. 88-113.
(2014) ‘Fundamental Indeterminacy’, Analytic Philosophy 55 (4), p. 339-62.
(2013) ‘Metaphysically Indeterminate Existence’, Philosophical Studies 166, p. 495-510
(2012) ‘Emergence and Fundamentality’, Mind 121(484), p. 873-901.
(2011): ‘Back to the Open Future’. Philosophical Perspectives: Metaphysics (25), 1-26. (with Ross Cameron)
(2011) ‘A Theory of Metaphysical Indeterminacy’, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (6), 103-48. (with JRG Williams)
(2011) ‘Reply to Eklund’, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (6) (with JRG Williams)
(2010) ‘Ontic Vagueness: A Guide for the Perplexed’, Noûs 44 (4), p. 607-27.
(2010): ‘Arguments Against Metaphysical Indeterminacy’. Philosophy Compass (5), 953-64.
(2009) ‘Disability and Adaptive Preference’, Philosophical Perspectives 23 (1), p. 1-22.
(2009) ‘Vague Parts and Vague Identity’. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2), p. 176-87. (with JRG Williams)
(2009) ‘The Open Future: Bivalence, Determinism, and Ontology’. Philosophical Studies 146 (2), p. 291-309. (with Ross Cameron)
(2009) ‘Disability, Minority and Difference’, Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (4), p. 337-55.
(2009) ‘Indeterminacy, Identity, and Counterparts: Evans Reconsidered’, Synthese 168 (1), p. 81-96.
(2007): ‘Vagueness and Arbitrariness: Merricks on Composition’. Mind 116 (461), 105-13.
(2005): ‘Vagueness in Sparseness: a study in property ontology’. Analysis 65 (4), 315-21.
Substantial invited pieces:
(2016): ‘Can States of Affairs be Indeterminate? - No’ in Current Controversies in Metaphysics. London: Routledge (with Ross Cameron)
(2009): ‘Vagueness’, in P. Simons, et al eds. The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. London: Routledge.
(2008): ‘A Critical Study of John Heil’s From an Ontological Point of View’. SWIF Philosophy of Mind Review Vol 6, No. 2, p. 22-30 (with Ross Cameron)
(2009): Review of Metametaphysics. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Mind Association Fellowship - to fund research leave for my book project ‘The Minority Body’
British Academy Small Research Grant - to fund a pilot workshop for a project on metaphysical indeterminacy
AHRC major research grant - to fund a three year project on metaphysical indeterminacy (with Ross Cameron and JRG Williams)
Theories of Health, Petrie Flom Annual Conference, Harvard Law School, June 2018
Diversity and the Dangers of Epistemic Tokenism, NYU, April 2018
Disability and the Concept of Health, Vanderbilt University, March 2018
Disability and the Concept of Health - Workshop on Social Ontology, USC, January 2018
Disability and the Concept of Health - Political Theory Seminar, Stanford University, May 2017
Gender and Gender Terms - Spring Colloquium, University of Michigan, March 2017
Disability and the Concept of Health - Joint Colloquium in Bioethics, NIH, March 2017
Author Meets Critics Session on The Minority Body - Eastern APA, January 2017
Gender Realism - Notre Dame University, November 2016
Gender Realism - Georgetown University, September 2016
The Social Construction of Disability -Social Ontology Conference, CU-Boulder, December 2015
Realism and Social Structure - Feminist Ontology Workshop, MIT, October 2015
Social Construction and the Disappearing Body - Princeton University, September 2015
A Value Neutral Theory of Disability - Decamp Bioethics Seminar, Princeton University, September 2015
Realism and Social Structure - Ohio State University, April 2015
Hermeneutical Injustice and Disability Pride - The Center for Ethics and Human Values, Ohio State University, April 2015
Realism and Social Structure - Invited Symposium on Feminist Metaphysics, Pacific APA, April 2015
Hermeneutical Injustice and Disability Pride - 'Conceptual Engineering' Workshop, MIT, February 2015
Taking Their Word For It: Disability and Testimonial Injustice - The University of Vermont, October 2014
Beyond the Fundamental: Feminism in Contemporary Metaphysics - The Aristotelian Society, June 2014
Beyond the Fundamental: Feminism in Contemporary Metaphysics - Cambridge Ontology Conference, May 2014
Constructing Disability - Arizona Ontology Conference, January 2014
Constructing Disability - Moral Sciences Club, Cambridge University, November 2013
Symmetric Dependence, Fundamentality Workshop, University of Birmingham, October 2013
Symmetric Dependence, Invited Symposium, Pacific APA 2013
Symmetric Dependence - Department Colloquium, Harvard University, March 2013
Fundamental Indeterminacy - ‘Reality-Making’ conference, University of Nottingham, July 2012
Valuing Disability, Causing Disability - Department Colloquium, Rutgers University, March 2012
Valuing Disability, Causing Disability - Philosophical Society, Oxford University, February 2012
Valuing Disability, Causing Disability - Department Seminar, Durham University, February 2011
Metaphysically Indeterminate Existence - Logic and Metaphysics Forum, Institute of Philosophy, London
Comments on LA Paul - The Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2010
Fundamental Indeterminacy - SPAWN 2010 (Metaphysics), Syracuse University Ways of Truthmaking – Constituent Ontology Conference, University of Notre Dame, March 2010
Ways of Truthmaking – Faculty Seminar, University of Nottingham, February 2010
Disability and Adaptive Preference – Faculty Seminar Seminar, University of Sheffield, October 2009
Comments on Elizabeth Harman – The Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2009
Fundamental Indeterminacy – Logos Indeterminacy Workshop, University of Barcelona
Ontic Vagueness: A Guide for the Perplexed – The Arizona Ontology Conference, January 2008
Comments on Earlenbaugh and Molyneux – The Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Western Washington University, August 2008
Ontic Vagueness: A Guide for the Perplexed – Charmey Vagueness Workshop, June 2008
Disability and Adaptive Preference – Faculty Seminar, University of Glasgow, April 2008
Disability and Adaptive Preference – University of Colorado, Boulder, March 2008
Metaphysical Indeterminacy – Faculty Seminar, University of Bristol, February 2008
Commentary on Brian Weatherson – The Arizona Ontology Conference, The University of Arizona, January 2008
Metaphysical Indeterminacy – Faculty Seminar, University of Manchester, December 2007
Commentary on Agustin Rayo – The Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Western Washington University, August 2007
Editor in Chief, Philosophy Compass (2012-present)
Member, Analysis Committee (2012-2015)
Philosophy referee, British Federation of Women Graduates Fellowship (2012 and 2013)
External examiner, Sheffield University philosophy department (five year appointment beginning 2012)
Programme Committee (2011), Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference
Co-organizer (with Ross Cameron) of Perspectives on Ontology, University of Leeds, Sept. ‘08
At the undergraduate level:
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
The Structure of Reality
Advanced Topics in Metaphysics
Human Kinds: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Disability
At the graduate level:
Mind, Language, and Representation
Reasons, Virtues and Obligations
Current Issues in Healthcare Ethics