I am a Professor of Philosophy and the Jo Ann & Donald N. Boydston Chair of American Philosophy at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale); I am also the Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, which focuses both on the study of John Dewey’s life and works as well as carrying on the living legacy of John Dewey.
Previously, I was Professor of Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas, Program Head of the History and Philosophy Track, and Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, in which role I organized research projects, put on public lectures and conferences, and advocated for understanding and improving the relation between human values and culture with science and technology.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I studied with Jon J. Johnston, David Finkelstein, Bryan Norton, and Nancy Nersessian. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, where my dissertation was supervised by Nancy Cartwright and Paul Churchland (and I benefited from the teaching and mentorship of many others, including Jerry Doppelt, Don Rutherford, Mike Cole, Craig Callendar, Clinton Tolley, Michael Bernstein, Ed Hutchins, Jim Hollan, and Naomi Oreskes).