BIO

I am a Guest Researcher at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in Sweden, and I am completing my PhD in Philosophy of Religion with the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My primary expertise is in Modern European philosophical and religious thought, though I am also more broadly interested in ethics, conceptions of the self, theories and methods in the study of religion, and the history of Christian theology. My fundamental research questions involve the role that religious ideas play in the architecture of the human being as a moral, intellectual, and political agent: How does the human's subjective encounter with the ideas of God and freedom structure moral obligation? What roles do concepts such as freedom, love, justice, eternality, and sin play in shaping the self? How do contradictions between ideals of divine justice and the reality of unjust suffering disturb or motivate moral engagement?

My current project tracks Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard's implicit commitments to the rational theology and practical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. I argue that by recognizing Kierkegaard's consistent adherence to tenets of Kantianism, it is possible (1) to resolve a number of interpretive and conceptual gaps within, and between, Kierkegaard's major works, and (2) to identify with precision Kierkegaard's subtle modifications to Kant's moral theory and rational theology. With the insights generated from reading Kierkegaard alongside Kant, I demonstrate that Kierkegaard's conceptions of faith and love transcend traditional divisions between the secular and the religious, and that they have a significant role to play in pressing questions about ethics and political agency in a multicultural, multireligious world.

In addition to my positions at Harvard University and Lund University, I have served as a visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen's Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre and as a guest researcher for a brief period at St. Olaf College's Hong Kierkegaard Library. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I received my MA in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in 2010, and a BA in Religious Studies and a BS in Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2008.