Welcome to my web page. I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
My primary areas of research are in the philosophy of psychology, epistemology, and the ethics of belief. I have also published in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language.
For many years now, I have been working on a book on motivated reasoning (cognitive dissonance, rationalization, self-deception, etc.) with a particular focus on the role it plays in especially reflective, critical, and intelligent thinkers. All considerations point to the conclusion that its role is substantial and consequential, and cannot be ignored. I focus especially on its social and ethical implications.
I am also the founding director of UC Santa Cruz's Center for Public Philosophy.