PhD Student in Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

I'm from the Canadian prairies. I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, during the Oilers' hockey dynasty. I completed my undergraduate degree and my M.A. at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg.

I'm a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. I work primarily in aesthetics and philosophy of art, but I'm also interested in value theory, normativity, and ethics. My research in aesthetics pertains to two topics: artistic normatively and the philosophy of music. In my dissertation, I develop a new account of aesthetic value.

On my account, aesthetic value is rooted in our commitments to aesthetic practices. I also co-wrote a paper with Matt Johnson in which we explain why it's okay to like bad art.

My master's thesis was on the history and ontology of Western fine art music, and this has morphed into a view about music more generally. I have written on an ideal of compliance in music practice and philosophy of music, on the distinction between music and sound art, and whether space can literally be a musical element (I argue that it can be). These three projects are unified by an attempt to show that music is rooted in culture, not in an innate sense, and that musical hearing is continuous with ordinary auditory perception.


  • –present
    PhD Student in Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center