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 California 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 recently wrapped up two large scale projects. The first is a book exploring the philosophical significance of G. W. Leibniz's technical work in optics and mechanics. The second is a book on the history of the philosophy of religion. I am currently on sabbatical as a Mercator Fellow at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the University of Paderborn, Germany, where I have started new reserach projects on the philosophy of Émilie Du Châtelet and Mary Shepherd. I have also been exploring a new teaching interest in the Philosophy of Humor. I will return to teaching in the fall of 2023, and hope to offer courses on the Philosophy of Religion, Mary Shepherd, Epistemology, as well as a Latin reading course on Hobbes' Leviathan.