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I’m a third-year PhD student at University of Oregon’s philosophy department. I have BAs in philosophy and English literature, and an MA in English all from California State University Stanislaus. Prior to coming to University of Oregon, I worked as a lecturer/”temporary” faculty/adjunct instructor at Merced College’s English department, California State University Stanislaus’ philosophy department, and University of California Merced’s Merritt Writing program.

My research these days focuses on the four-way intersection of philosophy, history, medicine, and economy. I’m specifically swimming through 17th, 18th, and 19th century accounts of European philosophy and science, especially medicine, physiology, psychology, and metaphysics. In the course of this research I’m tracking women’s health and reproduction, mental illness, colonial practices, and capitalism. My working idea is tracing the development of racial capitalism with an eye towards the logic of disease. As a premise, I take the inseparability of politics and everything else seriously.

My research ultimately informs my political concerns, which consist of global warming, fascism, genetic and biological determinism, and eugenics. I work to organize through my graduate employee union, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, AFT local 3544.

Concerning this website: I’ve had a desire to produce guides for reading various philosophers for a while now, and it’s is something I’ve struggled to find in organized ways in the course of my own research. Sometimes I immediately find a perfectly-written Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article replete with useful references that are readable at my current knowledge level; other times I’ve ended up deep in places like reddit still failing to find a good entry point to reading and understanding Derrida. The function of this website is to host robust introductions to philosophers I like that are accessible at a variety of background knowledge levels. Beyond that, I’d like to have a place to post longer thoughts (beyond a tweet and but shorter than a journal article) from time to time.

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