My research starts with the basic idea that there is more to the goals of science than just describing nature. I show how these goals influence scientific theories, concepts, and explanations.
I specialize in the philosophy of nanoscience, which is a branch of chemistry and physics that has grown up around the development of practical technologies aimed at solving extra-scientific problems, including medical imaging and the energy crisis. To solve these problems, nanoscientists are synthesizing new materials with never-before-seen properties and using scientific reasoning to figure out how to manipulate and control these properties in new machines, devices, and medical therapies.
I am an assistant professor in the department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on philosophy of science, advanced philosophical writing, and science and ethics. I completed my doctoral work in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I work with Dr. Robert Batterman, a philosopher, and Dr. Jill Millstone, a nanochemist. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program under grant #1247842.