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ABOUT

I am an award winning, published philosophy professor in the Chicago area with a desire to make philosophy more accessible and applicable to our daily lives. I integrate active and dynamic pedagogical methods for my face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. My philosophical interests and areas of specialization relate to feminist, postcolonial, intersectional philosophy along with food ethics.


Outside of the classroom I have directed a service learning program, directed an LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and currently run/write for an ethical vegetarian food blog, ChiVeg, which features my homemade vegetarian/vegan recipes along with restaurant reviews from a plant-based perspective. I freelance for various publications such as TimeOut Chicago and LoganSquarist.


I have published on nonviolence and plant-based eating in Through a Vegan Studies Lens. Additionally, I have published a chapter on multiracial identity in the innovative Philosophy for Girls book, and have recently published a chapter on philosophy and food for the Companion to Public Philosophy textbook.


Public speaking or virtual speaking is another way for me to inspire philosophical interest. I have conducted LGBTQ+ allyship trainings and given talks to colleges and organizations on applied philosophy, inclusivity and authenticity. My YouTube Channel is where I post teaching videos for my students and applied philosophy videos for the general public.


When I am not teaching or blogging, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, traveling the world, photographing graffiti, and mixing house and techno beats as a dj.