I'm a Junior Research Fellow in philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford. I'm also an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pittsburgh––starting January 2021 I'll be there full time. I received my PhD from MIT.
My projects center around a simple question: What should we think about how people think? A standard answer from psychology is that people's thinking is riddled with irrationality. But, it turns out that these irrationalist interpretations of the empirical data are often questionable, relying on overly simplistic models of what rational people would think or do. My aim is to bring philosophically sophisticated models of rationality to bear on the interpretation of these empirical results, and––ultimately––to help assess how (ir)rational we truly are.
For a summary of the big-picture project and its connection to polarization in politics, see the initial post: "A Plea for Political Empathy". For an argument that polarization has its roots in rational causes, see the series Reasonably Polarized: Why Politics is more rational than you think. For the latest updates, see the blog's feed.