I am a professor of philosophy at Harvard University and director of the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop. I grew up in rural Wisconsin but received my B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University in the Bay Area. I attended graduate school at Syracuse University and the University of California at Irvine before coming to Harvard in 2005.
My research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, science, and religion in the early modern era. An interview discussing my work can be found here. Copies of my curriculum vitae and papers are available via the links above.
I am currently working on three large scale projects. The first is an exploration of the philosophical significance of G. W. Leibniz's technical work in optics and mechanics. The second is an edited volume on the history of the concept of teleology. The third is a series of lectures on the history of philosophy of religion. This spring, I am teaching an early modern seminar on the philosophy of Emilie Du Châtelet and a Latin reading course.