I'm a lecturer (=assistant professor) at the University of Southampton, and also the director of undergraduate admissions for philosophy. I finished my PhD at Rutgers in 2014. Ernest Sosa was my advisor and Ruth Chang, Jonathan Dancy, Alvin Goldman, and Susanna Schellenberg were on my committee; you can see a post-defense picture here, complete with a Skype projection on my face. My dissertation was entitled On the Normativity of Epistemic Rationality. It sought to explain why we should care about being epistemically rational by appealing to the idea that it constitutes respect for truth.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, my longest-standing area of specialization is epistemology. I have more recent research interests in the philosophy of practical reason and teaching interests in ethics. After taking a class with Ruth Chang and Derek Parfit in my first year of grad school, my fascination with epistemic normativity became part of a broader fascination with normativity in all domains and domain-transcendent truths about reasons, rationality, and value. And after TA-ing for Jeff McMahan, I discovered how much I like teaching ethics.
Much of my research combines my interests in epistemology in the broad sense and ethics, and is best described as work in the ethics of belief(also the name of a module I teach). I'm currently working on the first explicit and systematic non-consequentialist ethics of belief, Epistemic Kantianism, which rests on the idea of respect for truth I introduced in my dissertation. I'm also drafting funding bids for a wider project on respect for truth.
I also think epistemology in the narrow sense (i.e., the theory of knowledge) is non-normative, and is really a branch of the philosophy of mind. I defend this view in a recent publication. In work in progress that emerged from a graduate seminar I taught last year, I'm developing a descendant of the first analysis of knowledge considered in Western philosophy and also defended by the forgotten British epistemologist Helen Wodehouse in The Presentation of Reality: namely, the view that knowledge is that general factive mental state which, when occurrent, presentsone with a fact (where presentations are quasi-perceptual states, partly vindicating Theaetetus's thought that 'knowledge is nothing but perception').
This website vaguely aesthetically rips off Paul Klee (my favorite visual artist) and the disco era (whose music I occasionally enjoy). Klee was also a lovely writer, and I recommend his diaries. In oblique honor of disco and direct honor of David Bowie (my favorite musical artist), I recommend this.