I am an assistant professor of philosophy and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. Most of my work falls within the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) program. I completed my graduate work in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009 and received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University in 1997.
My research focuses on questions such as: What is imagination and how does it relate to other forms of thought? What role does mental imagery play in human reasoning? How, and how well, do we know our own minds? How are we to explain the occurrence of auditory verbal hallucinations and "inserted thoughts" in schizophrenia? And what is the relation between inner speech (aka, the "little voice in the head") and thought itself?
Currently I am principal investigator for a cross-disciplinary study on the relation of inner speech to metacognition, funded by a grant from the New Directions in the Study of the Mind project. My other current projects include a monograph on the psychology of imagination and a collaborative study of interpersonal movement dynamics in musical improvisation.