I’m an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. I received my Ph.D. in 2018 from the CUNY Graduate Center.
My research lies at the intersection of epistemology and metaphysics, with major connections to the philosophy of science.
In my dissertation, “Essence, Explanation, and Modal Knowledge”, I defend an account of modal knowledge that is based on knowledge of essence. I argue that essences have superexplanatory powers that are tied to the very nature of things, which helps us cast light on what is necessarily true of things. As I like to say, this is an approach to modal knowledge that puts modal metaphysics first and, specifically, prioritizes the investigation of essence as the key to modal epistemology.