Public Philosophy

Western Michigan Lyceum.

I am the Faculty Mentor and organizer for the WMU Lyceum, a week-long philosophy themed summer camp for high school students in the Kalamazoo area. The camp has two aims: (i) to improve students’ critical thinking and writing skills in a fun, engaging manner and (ii) to expose students to the study of philosophy in a college setting. To achieve these aims, the Lyceum uses a theme-based curriculum: daily class sessions combine critical thinking exercises and discussions that are focused on a specific topic within the camp’s larger theme (e.g., Philosophy and Technology, Philosophy and the Environment).

Recent news:

Guide for Philosophy Summer Camps.

Adam Waggoner (WMU, Philosophy '19) and I developed a how to guide for those interested in starting up a summer camp like the WMU Lyceum.

Popular Audience Essays.

"Disgust Can Be Morally Valuable," Scientific American

"A Way to Make COVID-19 College Furloughs More Fair," The Conversation

"Your COVID-19 Anxiety Could be a Good Thing," The Washington Post

"Worried Well," Aeon Magazine

"Life's Anxieties: Good or Bad?" The History of Emotions Blog

Media, Interviews.

Dialexicon (Public Philosophy interviews for youth run by Saurish Srivastava)


Reader's Digest

Big Think

Leadership Roles.

I currently serve on the Advisory Committee for Western Michigan University's Center for the Study of Ethics & Society, an organization that creates opportunities for people in the WMU and Kalamazoo communities to engage in public reflection about ethical issues. I was also a member of the Executive Board of the Center for the Humanities as Washington University in St. Louis from 2016-2018.