About Me

I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.  My research focuses mainly on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, and especially on his ontology of the human being.  I’m also interested in contemporary metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of science.

I’m a Dominican friar and a Catholic priest so my academic history includes masters degrees in philosophy and theology, both from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley.  I did my undergraduate work in Applied Physics at Caltech and subsequently received an MS in electrical engineering from UC San Diego, where I worked for three years as a doctoral student studying the physical properties of nano-sized semiconductor structures.

When I’m not doing philosophy or priestly things, I can be found having a good beer with friends, or playing video games with my parents.  I sometimes wonder if I am the only person in the world whose mother and father have both finished the original Dark Souls.