Academic Appointments

 

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, Fall 2019 - Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, Fall 2012 - Spring 2019.

Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2015

 

Fellowship in Philosophy of Cognition, Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr University Bochum, Summer 2014.
 

James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis, Fall 2011 - Spring 2012.

 

 

Education

 

Ph.D. 2011, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

M.A. 2005, Philosophy, University of Arkansas

 

B.A. 2002, Philosophy, Texas Tech University

Publications

Book

26. “How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition” (2018) Routledge.

Articles

 

25. Review of Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul’s Implicit Bias and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology (Oxford 2016). The Philosophical Review. 2018: 127(4), pp-pp.

24. “Mindreading Beyond Belief: A More Comprehensive Conception of How We Understand Others”

Philosophy Compass (forthcoming).

 

23. “Do You See What I See? How Social Differences Influence Mindreading”

Synthese. 2018: 195(9), 4009-4030

 

22. “Conceptual Centrality and Implicit Bias” (with Guillermo del Pinal)

Mind & Language. 2018: 33(1), 95-111.

 

21. “How We Think and Act Together”

Philosophical Psychology. 2017: 30(3), 302-218.

 

20. “On Whether We Can See Intentions”

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 2017: 98(2), 150-170.

 

19. “Intersubjectivity”

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online. 2016.

 

18. “Mind Misreading”

Philosophical Issues. 2016: 26(1), 422-440.

 

17. “Imagination, Desire, and Rationality”

The Journal of Philosophy. 2015: 112(9), 457-476.

 

16. “On Direct Social Perception”

Consciousness and Cognition. 2015: 36, 472-482.

 

15. “Phenomenology of Social Cognition”

Erkenntnis. 2015: 380(5), 1069-108.

 

14. “Mirror Neurons and Social Cognition”

Mind & Language. 2013: 28(2), 233-257.

 

13. “Mirror Neurons Are Not Evidence for the Simulation Theory”

Synthese. 2012: 189(3), 515-534.

 

12. “Introduction to Debates on Embodied Social Cognition”

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 2012: 11(4), 431-448.

 

11. “Overextended Cognition”

Philosophical Psychology. 2012: 25(4), 469 - 490.

 

10. “Embodied Social Cognition”

Philosophical Topics. 2011: 39(1), 141-162.

 

9. “A Critique of Embodied Simulation”

Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 2011: 2(3), 579-599.

 

8. “Embodied Cognition and Mindreading”

Mind & Language. 2010: 25(1), 119-140.

 

7. “Imagination and Other Scripts” (with Eric Funkhouser)

Philosophical Studies. 2009: 143(3), 291-314.

 

6. Review (with Lawrence Shapiro) of Andy Clark's Supersizing the Mind (Oxford, 2008).

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2009.

 

Chapters

 

5. “Embodied Cognition and Sport”

(with Lawrence Shapiro) Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, Massimiliano Cappuccio (ed.). 2018: 3-22. MIT Press. 

 

4. “Cognitive Empathy”

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy, Heidi Maibom (ed.). 2017: 13-21. Routledge Press.

 

3. “Simulation Theory”

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination, Amy Kind (ed.). 2016: 262-273. Routledge Press “Imagination Through Knowledge”

 

2. Knowledge Through Imagination, Amy Kind and Peter Kung (eds.). 2016: 207-226. Oxford University Press.

 

1. “Embodied Cognition and Theory of Mind”

The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition, Lawrence Shapiro (ed.). 2014: 197-206. Routledge Press.

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present

Works in Progress 

5. What is mindreading? WIREs Cognitive Science

4. The nature of empathy (with Rita Svetlova and Hannah Read): chapter for MIT collection on neuroscience and philosophy, edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Felipe De Brigard

3. Development of empathy: fMRI study on the neural mechanisms empathy in children and adults (with Rita Svetlova, Rosa Li, Hannah Read, and Thomas Nadelhoffer)

 

2. Beliefs and biases: follow up to previously published article on implicit biases (with Guillermo del Pinal)

1. Special issue on pluralistic folk psychology (with Evan Westra and Kristin Andrews) Synthese

Presentations

 

59. Reply to Critics (author-meets-critics session on my book "How We Understand Others")

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (March 2019)

57-58. "How We Understand Others"

Pitzer College (December 2018)

University of Maryland - College Park (May 2019)

55-56. "Stereotypes in Folk Psychology"

University of Alabama Birmingham (November 2017)

Normative Folk Psychology workshop, York University (October 2017)

54. “Conceptual Centrality and Implicit Bias”

Society for Philosophy and Psychology (July 2017)

51-53. "Do You See What I See? How Social Differences Influence Our Perceptions"

iCOG Conference, University of Oxford (June 2017)

Coastal Carolina University (public lecture, February 2016)

Oklahoma State University (public lecture, September 2015)

50. “How We Think and Act Together”

Embodied Awareness Conference, University of Cincinnati (February 2017)

48-49. "Mind Misreading"

          Society for Philosophy and Psychology (cancelled) (June 2016)

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (March 2016)

 

43-47. “Divergent Social Interpretations”

Mississippi State University (January 2016)

University of Houston (November 2015)

George Washington University (October 2015)        

Mentoring Workshop, University of Duke (June 2015)

University of Kansas (May 2015)

 

42. “Theory of Mind: A Paradigmatic Case of Interdisciplinary Research”

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (April 2015)

 

40-41. "On Direct Social Perception"

University of Stirling (February 2015)

Dimensions of Intentionality, Ruhr University Bochum (October 2014)

33-39. “Imagination, Rationality, and Desire”

Coastal Carolina University (February 2016)

Glasgow University Philosophy Society (January 2015)

University of Oxford (July 2014)

Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf (May 2014)

American Philosophical Association, Central Division (February 2014)

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (February 2014)

American Society for Aesthetics (November 2013)

 

32. "Does Philosophy Matter for Science?"

Henderson State University (public lecture, November 2014)

 

30-31. "Phenomenology of Social Cognition"

Society for Philosophy and Psychology (June 2015)

Instituting Minds Conference, London UK (July 2014)

 

27-29. “Mirror Neurons Are Not Evidence for Simulation Theory”

Berlin School of Mind and Brain (June 2014)

Ruhr University Bochum (June 2014)

St Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association (February 2012)

 

26. "Philosophy and Science"

Emerson-Wier Symposium, USAO (public lecture, March 2014)

 

25. “Imaginary Desires”

Texas Tech University (October 2013)

 

20.-24. “On Whether We Can See Intentions” 

Texas Tech University (public lecture, October 2013)

Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy (June 2013)

University of Memphis (April 2013)

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (March 2013)

Metaphysics of Mind and Brain Workshop, Humboldt University (July 2012)

 

19. “Implicit Mindreading”

Society for Philosophy and Psychology (paper swap, June 2013)

 

17.-18. “A Theory-Theory Account of Mirror Neurons”

Society for Philosophy and Psychology (poster, June 2012)

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (March 2012)

 

15.-16. “Mirror Neurons and Social Cognition”

Washington University PNP/Medical School Seminar (March 2012)

Washington University in St. Louis (November 2011)

 

10.-14. “Overextended Cognition”

University of Missouri – St Louis (February 2012)

Oklahoma State University (January 2012)

Georgia State University (April 2011)

University of Arkansas (April 2011)

University of Cincinnati (January 2011)

 

9. “The Role of Mirror Neurons in Social Cognition”

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (April 2011)

 

7.-8. “The Mark of the Cognitive” 

Society for Philosophy and Psychology (poster) (June 2009)

University of Texas Graduate Philosophy Conference (April 2009)

 

5.-6. “The Thesis of Multiple Realizability” 

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (April 2009)

University of Wisconsin – Madison (March 2009)

 

1.-4. “Embodied Cognition and Mindreading”

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (March 2008)

Yale/UConn Graduate Philosophy (November 2007)

Iowa Philosophical Society Conference (October 2007)

University of Wisconsin – Madison (September 2007)

 

Honors and Awards

 

Grant - Seminars in Philosophy and Neuroscience (2018)

$30,000 grant to study the development and neural basis of empathy in children and adults 

Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award (2016)

Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences award for scholarly excellence from a junior faculty member.

Sophia Lecture (2015)

George Washington University endowed lectureship that aims to recognize and publicize the excellent scholarship of younger women and minority members of the profession. The recipient of the honor gives a public lecture at George Washington University.

 

Arts and Sciences Summer Research Program (2014)

Oklahoma State University Arts & Sciences grant that provides one month's summer salary and additional supplementary funding to conduct research during the summer. 

 

Richard M. Griffith Award (2014)

The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology evaluates SSPP conference submissions from young scholars. On the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation, the committee selects the most outstanding philosophy paper and psychology paper from the conference. Awarded for "Imagination, Desire, and Rationality."

 

Spring Travel Grant (2014)

Oklahoma State University Arts & Sciences grant that provides assistance for travel to academic conferences. 

 

Dean’s Incentive Grant (2013 and 2014)

Oklahoma State University Arts & Sciences grant that provides assistance and promotes scholarship for early-career Assistant Professors. 

 

Richard W. McHugh Summer Dissertation Fellowship (2010)

The Wisconsin Philosophy Department annually evaluates dissertation proposals and selects the most promising proposals for this award. 

 

Oliver Prize (2008)

Annual award for an essay judged by the UW philosophy faculty to be the best among those written by a graduate student in each academic year. Awarded for “Embodied Cognition and Mindreading.” 

 

Professional Service

 

 

Refereeing and Editorial Work

 

Editorial Work: Associate editor at Ergo (2017 – present), Editor for PhilPapers' Theory of Mind and Folk Psychology category (July 2015 – present), guest editor for a special issue on embodied social cognition in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2012), guest editor for special issue in Synthese (2019).

 

Journals: AnalysisBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Systems Research, Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Mind & Language, Minds & Machines, Nous, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Philosophical Explorations, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Synthese, Theory and Psychology.

Conferences: Cognitive Science Society, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
 

Conferences: Cognitive Science Society, Normative Folk Psychology workshop, Philosophy of Imagination conference, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

 

Grants: Danish Council for Independent Research, Oklahoma State University Spring 2013 Travel Program.

 

Book Proposals: Oxford University Press, Routledge Press, Versita Press.

 

Commentating

 

Comments on “Focal and Ambient Processing of Architecture” by Lester Loschky, Conference on the Aesthetics of Architecture and Design, Manhattan, KS (March 2016)

 

Comments on "The Paradox of Fiction: An Irrational Solution” by Simon Fokt, American Society for Aesthetics (November 2015)

 

Comments on “Chimpanzee Mindreading and the Value of Parsimonious Mental Models” by Hayley Clatterbuck, Mind & Language Symposium, Philosophy of Brains (September 2015)

 

Comments on “Talking about Minds: Social Experience, Pragmatic Development, and the False Belief Task” by Evan Westra, Minds Online Conference, Philosophy of Brains (September 2015)

 

Comments on “Two Faces of Caring” by Jennifer Morton, Midsummer Philosophy Workshop, University of Cambridge (July 2014)

 

Comments on "How to Construct a Minimal Theory of Mind" by Stephen Butterfill and Ian Apperly, Mind & Language Symposium, Philosophy of Brains  (November 2013)
 

Comments on “Is Scientific Inference Holistic in Any Sense that Matters for Cognitive Science?” by Timothy Fuller and Richard Samuels, American Philosophical Association, Central Division (February 2012)

 

Comments on “Theory of Mind, Computational Tractability and Mindshaping” by Tad Zawidzki, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (April 2010)

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

Member of American Philosophical Association Executive Committee, Central Division (2018-2021)

 

Member of American Philosophical Association Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research (2016 – 2019)

 

Council Member for Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (2014 – 2017)

 

Committee for Richard M. Griffith Award for Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (2015, 2017)

 

Departmental Service

 

Helped to rewrite OSU philosophy department mission statement (2012, 2017)

 

Search committee for 3 faculty positions (2013 – 2015)

 

Annual assessment of undergraduate and graduate student work (2014, 2016)

 

Developed and help maintain the website for OSU philosophy department (2014 – 2015)

 

Helped rewrite OSU Philosophy department’s Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion RPT document (2016)

 

Helped write and edit OSU philosophy department’s 5-year review (2017)

 

Graduate Coordinator at Oklahoma State University (2015 – present)

 

Helped create and run a program to recruit and retain philosophy majors at Oklahoma State University (2014 – present)

Teaching

 

 

Great Philosophers

Historically oriented introductory course with a focus on the most important texts in the history of Western philosophy. Philosophers studied included Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant.

 

Introduction to Philosophy 

Introductory course with an emphasis on introducing students to a variety of philosophical topics in the analytic tradition. Topics included epistemology, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. 

 

Contemporary Moral Issues

Course targeted to non-majors with an emphasis on applied ethics. Topics included abortion, animal ethics, capital punishment, famine relief, and licensing parents.

Imagination

Graduate seminar in philosophy of mind. Topics include the nature of imagination, pretense, imaginative resistance, the paradox of fiction, and imagination and possibility.

 

Other Minds

Upper-level undergraduate/graduate course in philosophy of mind. The focus of the course is social cognition, our ability to understand and engage in social interactions. Topics included nativism, modularity of the mind, Dennett’s intentional stance, animal minds, and autism. 

 

Philosophy of Mind

Upper-level undergraduate survey of philosophy of mind. Topics include consciousness, physicalism, mind-body relation, self and agency, animal minds, artificial intelligence.

Philosophy of Psychology

Upper-level undergraduate survey of philosophy of psychology. Topics include the nature of psychology, inter-theoretic reduction of psychology, cognitive architecture, innate vs. learned cognitive capacities, perception and action, embodied cognition, consciousness, social cognition, and the effects of language on cognition.

 

Philosophy of Science

Upper-level undergraduate/graduate survey in philosophy of science. Topics included demarcating science from pseudoscience, values and objectivity in science, underdetermination, the problem of induction, models of explanation, laws of nature, reductionism, and scientific realism.

 

 

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Oklahoma State University

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