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I am a PhD student studying the philosophy of education.

I consider myself equal parts student, teacher, and writer.

I teach ESPHE 4403: Ethics and the Professional Context of Teaching. I was nominated by my students to be the 2019 Educational Studies Teaching Associates TA of the year.

I am a 2018-2019 McPherson Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Education at University of Wisconsin Madison and University of Illinois Chicago. I am thinking about the relational, rather than the distributive, justification of No Excuses policies in public schools.

Some of my recent publications are:

Beyond adjustment: Authoring a (re)learned reality. Health Communicationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2018.1440505

Digital Badges in the First-Year Composition Classroom. Kairos PraxisWiki, Issue 22.1, 28 July 2017

I co-wrote the “Political Representation & School Funding” page on the Educational Inequity in Franklin County website. (I am also responsible for the footnotes and the page jumps found throughout the website).

Check out this podcast Chris Thomas and I did about student walkouts.