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 finishing up two 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 a book on the history of philosophy of religion. I am also starting two new large scale projects, both on the history of early modern philosophy. In the spring of 2022, I will be teaching a seminar with Alison Simmons on Mary Shepherd and a Latin reading course on Justus Lipsius. During the academic year 2022-2023, I will be on sabbatical as a guest at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the University of Paderborn, Germany.