Academic Positions                                                   

Assistant Professor, University of San Diego, 2015-

Visiting Assistant Professor, Lafayette College, 2014-15      

Lecturer, New York University, 2013-14


Ph.D., Philosophy, New York University, 2013     B.A., Philosophy, Highest Honors, UC Berkeley, Fall 2006

Areas of Research        

AOS    Aesthetics, Moral Psychology, Ethics       AOC    Philosophy of Mind, Kant

Fellowships and Awards

Non-Residential Fellowship with The Experience Project, Fall 2016

Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013

Graduate Fellow, New York Institute of Philosophy, Project on the Nature of Taste, 2009-2012

MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 2007-2012

Departmental Citation Award, Department of Philosophy, UC Berkeley, 2006


On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck, Penguin Books, 2017


"Transformative Expression and Social Art," in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change, edited by Enoch Lambert and John Schwenkler, Oxford University Press, forthcoming

"Personal Ideals as Metaphors," Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 3 (3):265-283, 2017

"On the Interest in Beauty and Disinterest," Philosophers' Imprint, Vol. 16, No. 9, 2016

“Using the Street for Art: A Reply to Baldini,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 74, no 2, 2016

"On the Aesthetic Ideal," British Journal of Aesthetics, 55(4): 433-447, 2015  [voted one of the five best aesthetics articles of 2015 by Aesthetics for Birds]

“Personal Style and Artistic Style,” The Philosophical Quarterly, 65(261): 711-731, 2015

“Levinson on the Aesthetic Ideal,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 71, no. 3, 2013

“Street Art: The Transfiguration of the Commonplaces,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 68, no. 3, 2010

Shorter Pieces, Book Reviews, and Encyclopedia Articles

"From Street Art to 'Social Sculpture'," Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Painting and Sculptureedited by Noël Carroll and Jonathan Gilmore, Routledge, forthcoming

"Personal Ideals," International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette, forthcoming

“High Five! Awesomeness as the Imperative of Our Time,” Aeon Magazine,, 2/9/16

Review of Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics, by Ulianov Montano, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2016

“A Typical Reading of a Well-Meaning Person’s Thoughtful Article on the Internet,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 8/24/15

Review of Acts: Theater, Philosophy, and the Performing Self, by Tzachi Zamir, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 9/16/2015

“Beauty and Love,” and "Street Art and Graffiti" in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly, 2014

Presentations (‘*’ = refereed; ‘†’ = invited)


† Keynote Address, "Transformative Expression and Social Art," Conference on Representation, San Diego State University, April

† Author Meets Critics Session on On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck, with comments from Laura Gillespie, Erich Hatala Matthes, and Thi Nguyen, Savannah, January [Canceled and rescheduled for San Diego, March]


† "Personal Ideals as Metaphors," Wayne State University Philosophy Colloquium Series, October

† "Aesthetic Necessity," Art Rules: Conference on Aesthetic Normativity, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, May

 “Transformative Expression," APA Pre-Conference: Themes in Transformative Experience: Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind, Seattle, April

  Participant (with Elisabeth Camp) in post-performance panel discussion of The Missing Shade of You: A Dance Dialog between L.A. Paul and Marcel Proust


  “The Normative Structure of Self-Presentation,” Bled Conference on Ethics, Bled, Slovenia, June

  “The Normative Structure of Self-Presentation,” Moral and Political Philosophy Seminar, UC San Diego, May


  “Using the Street for Art,” Workshop: From City Streets to Museum Galleries, NYU Abu Dhabi (via Skype), November

* “Poetic Self-Conceptions,” American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, November

† "Beauty and Love," University of British Columbia, Philosophy Colloquium Series, September

† "On Being Awesome and Not Sucking," Lafayette College, April


* “Aesthetic Properties and Mathematical Beauty,” Conference on Aesthetics in Mathematics, University of East Anglia, December

† Individual Artistic Style: Three Views,” with Robert Hopkins, Aesthetics Reading Group, Columbia University, November

* “Individual Artistic Style: Three Views,” with Robert Hopkins, American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November

† “Art and Illegality,” Panel Discussion, Columbia Law School, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, New York, October

† “The Street in Street Art,” Brooklyn Public Philosophers, Brooklyn, September

† Public Keynote Speaker, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia: “The Street in Street Art,” August

* “Ideals as Metaphors,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME), Boulder, CO, August 

* “Kant and Cogito,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, April


*“Sibley on the Unity of Narrow Aesthetic Properties,” American Society for Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 

*“Personal and Artistic Style,” British Society of Aesthetics, Annual Meeting, Cambridge University, September

†Commentator on “Imagination and Film,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, New Orleans, February


† “Aesthetic Perfection,” Conference on the Nature of Taste: Scepticism about the Aesthetic and Connoisseurship, Paris, October 

† “Street Art and Public Space” and Panel Discussant, Pseudo-Public Space, Parsons The New School for Design, 2011

*“Aesthetic Perfection,” American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, April 


† “Kant and Cogito,” Amiens Université de Picardie workshop on Kant on the Identity of Persons, Amiens, France, May

Recent Teaching

Philosophical Methods, University of San Diego, Spring 2018

Ethical Theory, University of San Diego, Fall 2017

Aesthetics, University of San Diego, Spring 2017

Virtues and Vices, University of San Diego,  Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

Philosophy of Love, University of San Diego,  Spring 2016

Philosophy and Literature, University of San Diego,  Fall 2015, Fall 2017

Philosophy of Literature, Lafayette College, Spring 2015

Basic Social Questions, Lafayette College, Spring 2014

Philosophy of Psychology, Lafayette College, Fall 2014

Aesthetics,  Lafayette College, Fall 2014


Organizer, Notes on the Aesthetics of Grunge, a public, multi-participant presentation and public discussion as part of the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Seattle, 2016

Program Committee Member, American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Seattle, 2016

Conference co-organizer with Christy Mag Uidhir (University of Houston) and Gregg Horowitz (Pratt): Art in & of the Streets, with the support from a Major Projects Initiative Grant from the American Society for Aesthetics, The Pratt Institute, and The New York Institute of Philosophy. March 5-7, 2015

Referee for The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, British Journal of Aesthetics, The Journal of the American Philosophical AssociationEstetika, Philosophical Papers, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, and the American Society for Aesthetics, and others

Editor for Art and Artworks, Philosophy of Visual Art

As Graduate Fellow for the New York Institute of Philosophy’s Project on the Nature of Taste: assistant organizer for the NYU Abu Dhabi Conference on the Nature of Taste, February 2011; assistant organizer for the London Conference on the Nature of Taste, October 2010; assistant organizer for NYU Abu Dhabi Conference on the Nature of Taste, January 2010

Coordinator and teacher for the New York Institute of Philosophy’s Philosophy Outreach Program, Fall 2010-2012

Graduate Student Assistant, NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: Foundations of Ethics, Fall 2009


Paul Boghossian: paul dot boghossian at nyu dot edu             

Robert Hopkins: robert dot hopkins at nyu dot edu           

Aaron James: aaron dot james at uci dot edu

Béatrice Longuenesse: beatricelonguenesse at nyu dot edu

Richard Moran: moran at fas dot harvard dot edu   

Jerrold Levinson: august at umd dot edu                

J. David Velleman: jdvelleman at nyu dot edu


French:  Advanced Reading, Writing, and Speaking

German:  Intermediate Reading, Writing, and Speaking