Welcome!

The Monk by the Sea | C.S. Friedrich, 1808


I am a humanities lecturer, philosopher, and intellectual historian. That means I get paid to investigate big questions and to look at the big picture.

I have recently been awarded the Thomas H. Shelby Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence at TJC. In 2019, I published “Forgiveness in Judaism,” the first chapter in The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Vol. III (Vernon Press). I also have scholarly articles in the Florida Philosophical Review, the Curio Project of the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Eras Journal of Monash University in Australia.

I have presented my research throughout the United States, to the American Academy of Religion, and McGill University in Quebec. In 2010, I was honored by the Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy for presenting the “Best Contribution to Interdisciplinary Feminist Scholarship.”

I have been teaching at the university level since 2008, and have been a full-time faculty member at TJC since 2012. I also serve as the Adjunct Professor of Islam at the University of Texas at Tyler. I am currently a full-time faculty member at TJC, where I teach courses on Philosophy, Ethics, World Religions, & Humanities. I serve on several committees to assist our diverse student population, and am a member of the honors faculty where I designed TJC’s first ever honors-level philosophy and world religions courses.

To prepare for these endeavors, I learned a lot of great stuff from some outstanding thinkers. As a result, I have graduate degrees in Humanities and the
History & Philosophy of Science from Florida State University. I am also currently working toward my PhD in Modern Jewish Philosophy through the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In the wider community, I have served on local boards as President of the board of Congregation Beth El (2018-2019), the Reform Jewish community of East Texas, and on the Darwin Day board — a joint scientific venture between TJC and UT that brings hundreds of locals together in a spirit of fun and intellectual exploration.

Finally, one of my great passions is serving as an invited speaker, presenting scholarly talks to the public on religion, ethics, and philosophy at colleges, universities, churches, synagogues, mosques, civic groups, and other local events.

I hope that our time together will be fruitful.
I do this because I love it, and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it as well.