Adjunct Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
Office Hours: TBA
My native roots are in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. After earning my bachelor’s degrees, I traveled to Europe and worked on a small island farm south of Bergen, Norway.
My lifelong interests in Environmental Ethics, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Higher Education emerged from those experiences, as well as from employment in hospital administration, and later at the American Stock Exchange in New York City.
I am Latinx philosopher specializing in Value Theory, Philosophy of Action, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophies of Race/Ethnicity, Gender & Feminist Thought, and the Philosophy of Higher Education.
‘Diversity and Humanism’ was the first course I designed and taught at Eugene Lang College, when I moved to NYC with my partner, a bilingual Middle School Science Teacher.
When not researching, writing, or teaching, I love to hear live music and venture outdoors, especially to bicycle, hike, fish, and travel to taste the fine foods and drinks of diverse places and cultures.
20th Century European Philosophy (Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Existentialism; Heidegger, Habermas, Foucault, Derrida).
Value Theory – ethics and moral psychology; aesthetics–visual, aural, digital media.
History of Philosophy (Ancient Greek, Roman and late-Moderns; American Pragmatism).
Philosophy of Higher Education.
Philosophy of Action.
Ph.D. Postsecondary and Adult Education, Capella University
M.A. Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
M.A. Philosophy, Boston College
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine
B.A. Social Sciences – Cultural Anthropology, University of California-Irvine
- The study of philosophy helps students develop analytic skills and gain an appreciation of the general philosophical problems with which human beings have grappled throughout Western civilization. Basic philosophic problems such as free will and determinism, the criteria which justify ethical evaluations, the philosophical considerations which are relevant to belief or disbelief in God, and knowledge and illusion are examined during this course.
- The course focuses on principles of sound thinking and valid argument in order to develop skills in analysis and evaluation of inductive and deductive reasoning. Students learn to discriminate between valid and invalid argument, using as tools the techniques of formal and symbolic logic.
- Critical Thinking (Same as CRT 100) is designed to develop the mind and help students learn to think clearly and effectively. Through substantive readings, structured writing assignments and ongoing discussions, students will examine concrete examples from their own experience and readings and contemporary issues in the media to learn how to analyze issues, solve problems, and make informed decisions in their academic, professional, and personal lives.
Research and Projects
- Unconventional Ethics in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
- New Narratives in Philosophy – intersectionality issues of gender, ethnicity, race, religion…
- Motion and Compulsion in Ancient Philosophy
- Jurisdiction, Migration, Social Justice and Well-Being
- Americana – Pragmatism, Feminism, Pluralism
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
Carl Schurz Fellowship – Bremen University, Germany.
NYU Faculty Resource Network – Fellow and University Associate.
American Philosophy Association
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Advisory Board Member, CUNY Jaime Lucero Institute of Mexican Studies.
I also teach philosophy courses at Mercy College.