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Who I am
I am an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I am also a member of the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) Program, the Integrative Neuroscience Program, and the Core Humanities Department. Before arriving at Nevada, did postdoctoral work at Dalhousie University with W. Ford Doolittle. Prior to that, I received my Ph.D. from Duke University working with Robert Brandon and Alex Rosenberg. I have presented my work in dozens of universities around the world, organized several research workshops, and published articles in philosophy, biology, and interdisciplinary journals. My work largely focuses on what we can know about life in the Universe, the origins of life on Earth and elsewhere, and the many philosophical issues raised by the multidisciplinary science of astrobiology.
Where I'm From
Apart from Reno, I call New Mexico, North Carolina, and Mexico City home. I’m from the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Specifically, I’m from a small, rural town known as Chaparral. I grew up in the Gadsden purchase and went to New Mexico State University. My parents are both from Mexico City and I am a dual-citizen (US & Mexico). I am fluent in Spanish and decent at American Sign Language. At one point in my undergraduate career, I did a semester at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania through the National Student Exchange. I also did the International Student Exchange Program at Macquarie University in North Ryde, NSW, Australia. Aside from New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Australia, and North Carolina, I have lived in Mexico City, Seattle, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
What I've Done
While in NMSU, I received my undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications, although I did substantial work in other fields, including philosophy and biology. Before pursuing a career in philosophy, I worked at various newspapers as a design editor, copy editor, and special sections editor. I left the field of newspaper journalism at the same time as most of the advertisers and content creators fled to the Internet. Instead, I moved to the far more employable career as an academic philosopher. If this doesn’t work out, poet laureate seems like a good backup career. 🙂
What I Like
In my hypothetical spare time, I like to draw comics, write microfiction or screenplays, play poker, develop card games, do mixed martial arts, and drink palomas with friends. For the first few years of my graduate career, my friends and I would try a new restaurant every week, my last few years, we hosted a rotating ‘dinner club;’ in my postdoc, we organized a regular salon; and in Reno, I’ve been organizing the Thought on Tap, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, and several other projects. I regularly have a side project of some sort, usually leading to tangible results. You should check out my various non-philosophical ventures here.
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