I'm a graduate student in philosophy at MIT. I work mainly on the philosophy of language, with interests in epistemology, meta-ethics, ethics, and ancient philosophy.
I study the way that information is communicated: how abstract representations of the world interact with concrete practices of conversation. I focus on two phenomena. The first is the language of epistemic modality. In my dissertation, I propose an account of epistemic modal claims according to which they are performatives which we use to negotiate what possibilities are treated as live in a conversation. The second is semantic presupposition: why, and how, does some content filter through entailment-canceling operators, and what does this tell us about the structure of language and thought?
“A Note on the Architecture of Presupposition”
2016. Semantics and Pragmatics,
[abstract] [handout] [pdf]
“I Believe I Can φ”
Matthew Mandelkern, Ginger Schultheis, and David Boylan.
2015. Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium.
256-265. [abstract] [handout] [pdf]
Work in Progress:
[abstract] [extended abstract] [handout]
“Parsing, Presuppositions, and Structure in the Calculation of Local Contexts”
with Jacopo Romoli
“Epistemic Modals and the Common Ground”
“A Solution to Karttunen’s Problem”