I joined the University of Alabama’s philosophy faculty in 2020. I teach in the department’s Jurisprudence Track, and my primary research interests are at the intersection of philosophy of law, political philosophy, and criminal justice. My first book, The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. It provides an account of how contemporary police practices have departed from the basic legal and philosophical tenets of liberalism.
Here is my CV.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, where I worked with A. John Simmons. I worked as an FBI Special Agent – both in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, DC – before making the natural transition to academic philosophy. My first faculty position was at Radford University, where I was the subject of this profile discussing the connections between my work in the FBI and my work in philosophy. Before joining the FBI, I graduated from law school and served as a law clerk for a federal judge.
I live with my wife, a clinical psychologist, and two sons in Tuscaloosa.