I'm a third-year Assistant Professor (TT) in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach. You can view my philosophical lineage here.

I'm a first-generation college student, committed to making other non-traditional students feel like they belong in the classroom.

ngl.philosophy [at] gmail [dot] com

Teaching, Spring '22

101: The Meaning of Life (x2)

351: Political Philosophy


The unifying thread of much of my research is an interest in how metaphysical debates about the nature of ethical, social, and phenomenal properties can be obscured or illuminated by our concepts of those properties.

Papers, forthcoming

Practical Reasons for Belief Without Stakes (Joint work with Shawn Hernandez) Analytic Philosophy

Papers, published

Wronging by Requesting (Joint work with Kenneth Silver) Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics Vol. 11 (2021)
Phenomenal Concepts as Complex Demonstratives (Joint work with Nathan Robert Howard) Res Philosophica (2021)
What Makes Normative Concepts Normative (Joint work with Shawn Hernandez) Southwest Philosophy Review (2021)
The World is Not Enough (Joint work with Nathan Robert Howard) Noûs (2021)
Resisting Reductive Realism Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol. 15 (2020)
Moral Constraints on Gender Concepts Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2020)
The Sense of Incredibility in Ethics Philosophical Studies (2019)
Moral Realism, Speech Act Diversity, and Expressivism The Philosophical Quarterly (2019)
Reductivism, Nonreductivism, and Incredulity about Streumer's Error Theory Analysis Reviews (2018)
Epistemic Modesty in Ethics Philosophical Studies (2018)
Conceptual Analysis in Metaethics (Joint work with Stephen Finlay) Routledge Handbook of Metaethics (2017)
Non-Analytical Naturalism and the Nature of Normative Thought Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2015)
How to Pull a Metaphysical Rabbit out of an End-Relational Semantic Hat Res Philosophica (2014)

Book reviews

“Double Review” of On What Matters Volume Three written by Derek Parfit and Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity edited by Peter Singer Ethics (2018)
Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, written by Terence Cuneo Journal of Moral Philosophy (2017)