I'm a fourth-year graduate student in the Princeton philosophy program. My research interests lie primarily in the philosophy of mind and aesthetics. My current research focuses on the philosophy of emotion - what are emotions, and where do they fit into the functional architecture of the mind? (For instance, is our capacity to experience emotions to be thought of as a perceptual capacity, as some have recently claimed?) I also do work in the philosophy of music: most recently, on the nature of our emotional response to music that is expressive of so-called 'negative' emotions (such as sadness, anger, grief and longing).
Besides doing philosophy, I enjoy playing the guitar, and writing vaguely folk/bluegrass-style music.
I'm originally from Perth, Western Australia. Before coming to Princeton in 2010, I did my undergraduate work in philosophy at the University of Western Australia, where I received a B.A. (Hons.) in 2009. I also worked part-time as a music teacher.