Education:
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2013. 
  • M.A., Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2010.
  • B.A. (with honors), Philosophy, Michigan State University, 2007.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Epistemology
  • Applied Ethics (including Ethics of Space Exploration and Environmental Ethics)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Metaphysics
Areas of Competence:
  • Logic
  • Ethics

Academic Appointments:
  • Instructor, Wichita State University, 2014-present.
  • Special Lecturer, Oakland University, 2011-2014.
  • Rumble Fellow, Wayne State University, 2008-2009 and 2012-2013.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Wayne State University, 2009-2012.

Publications:
  • ``Worldship Ethics 101: The Shipborn.'' Forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 2017 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.
  • ``Where No Planetary Protection Policy Has Gone Before.'' Proceedings of the 2016 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, 29-36.
  • ``Myth-Free Space Advocacy Part II: The Myth of the Space Frontier.'' Astropolitics 15 (2017): 167-184.
  • ``Myth-Free Space Advocacy Part I - The Myth of Innate Exploratory and Migratory Urges.'' Acta Astronautica 137 (2017): 450-460.
  • ``Some Ethical Constraints on Near-Earth Resource Exploitation.'' Lead author with Tony Milligan. In Yearbook on Space Policy 2015, edited by C. Al-Ekabi, C. Baranes, P. Hulsroj, and A. Lahcen, 227-239. Springer 2017.
  • The Ethics of Space Exploration. Lead editor (with Tony Milligan). Springer 2016.
  • ``On the Methodology of Space Ethics.'' In The Ethics of Space Exploration, edited James S.J. Schwartz and Tony Milligan, 93-107. Springer 2016.
  • Volume introduction (with Tony Milligan) to The Ethics of Space Exploration.
  • ``Near-Earth Water Sources: Ethics and Fairness.'' Advances in Space Research 58 (2016): 402-407.
  • ``Lunar Labor Relations.'' In Dissent, Revolution, and Liberty in Space, edited by Charles Cockell, 41-58. Springer 2016.
  • ``Mathematical Structuralism, Modal Nominalism, and the Coherence Principle,'' Philosophia Mathematica 23 (2015): 367-385.
  • ``Rendezvous with Research: Government Support of Science in a Space Society,'' in Human Governance Beyond Earth: Implications for Freedom, pp. 197-212, edited by Charles Cockell. Springer 2015.
  • ``Fairness as a Moral Grounding for Space Policy,'' in The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth (Space and Society), pp. 69-89, edited by Charles Cockell. Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.
  • ``Prioritizing Scientific Exploration: A Comparison of the Ethical Justifications for Space Development and for Space Science,'' Space Policy 30 (2014), pp. 202-208.
  • ``On the Moral Permissibility of Terraforming,'' Ethics and the Environment 18(2) (2013), pp. 1-31.
  • ``Our Moral Obligation to Support Space Exploration,'' Environmental Ethics 33 (2011), pp. 67-88.

Selected Presentations:

  • Featured Interview on The Space Show, 27 October 2017.
  • ``Worldship Ethics 101: The Shipborn.'' 2017 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (refereed), October 2017.
  • ``The Life-Bias in Planetary Protection.'' Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology 2016 (refereed), Clemson University, September 2016.
  • ``Where No Planetary Protection Policy Has Gone Before.'' Invited presentation for the 2016 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, March 2016.
  • ``Near Earth Water Sources: Ethics and Fairness.'' Invited presentation for the 2nd Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Symposium on Water and Life in the Universe, Brazil, November 2015.
  • ``Some Ethical Constraints on Near-Earth Resource Exploitation.'' Lead author with Tony Milligan, presented by James S.J. Schwartz. Invited talk for the European Space Policy Institute Autumn Conference, Vienna, September 2015.
  • ``Lunar Labor Relations.'' Extraterrestrial Liberty III---Dissent, Revolution, and Security in Space, UK Centre for Astrobiology/British Interplanetary Society, June 2015.
  • ``Value Pluralism and the Space Environment.'' \emph{Ethics of Space Exploration} workshop, University of Hertfordshire, June 2015.
  • ``The False Dilemma Reply to the Burgess-Rosen Criticism of Nominalism, and why it isn't Enough.'' 2015 meeting of the Kansas Philosophical Society (refereed).
  • ``The Value of Science in a Space Society.'' Extraterrestrial Liberty II---Human Governance Beyond the Earth, UK Centre for Astrobiology/British Interplanetary Society, 2014.
  • ``What Should We do When Space Exploration and Space Development Conflict?'' Invited colloquium, Working Group on Science and Society, Humanities Center, Wayne State University, 2014.
  • ``Shapiro, \emph{Ante Rem} Structuralism, and the Coherence Principle.'' 2012 meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy (refereed).
  • ``Is Terraforming Mars Morally Permissible?'' Invited colloquium, Working Group on Science and Society, Humanities Center, Wayne State University, 2012.

Awards:
  • Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2012-13. Awarded annually to a philosophy graduate student who demonstrates the most promise for conducting research and scholarship leading to a high quality dissertation.
  • Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2008-9. Awarded annually to an outstanding philosophy graduate student newly recruited to Wayne State.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2007-present.
  • Zerby Prize, Michigan State University, 2007. Awarded annually to the best undergraduate essay in philosophy.
  • Benjamin-Miller Award, Michigan State University, 2005. Awarded annually to the most promising philosophy major in the sophomore class.

Society Membership:
  • American Philosophical Association, 2012-present.
  • Society for Exact Philosophy, 2012-present.
  • National Space Society, 2012-present.
  • British Interplanetary Society, 2012-present.
  • Planetary Society, 2014-present.
  • American Astronautical Society, 2012-present.

Courses Taught:
  1. Wichita State University
    • Critical Reasoning
    • Introductory Logic
    • Formal Logic
    • Directed Readings in History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  2. Oakland University
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Introduction to Logic
  3. Wayne State University
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Contemporary Moral Issues
    • Critical Thinking