Curriculum Vitae


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Education
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oregon, 2012
M.A., Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2006
B.A., Philosophy, University of California San Diego, 2002

Areas of Specialization            Areas of Competence
Moral & Political Philosophy       Applied Ethics
Philosophy of Race                     Logic
Latin American Philosophy         Critical Thinking

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Philosophy, 2015-Present
Assistant Professor, Worcester State University, Department of Philosophy, 2012-2015
Visiting Instructor, Wheaton College, Department of Philosophy, 2012 (Spring Term)

Publications
Books
The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality. New York: Lexington Books, 2017.

Articles
“Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 16.2 (2017).

“Juan Crow & The Future Of Immigration Reform: Going Beyond Debates Over Federalism and Centralism In U.S. Immigration Enforcement,” The Critique  Jan-Feb (2016).

“Doing Away with Juan Crow: Two Standards for Just Immigration Reform” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 15.2 (2015).

“Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over Immigration,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29.1 (2015).

“Does Cosmopolitan Justice Ever Require Restrictions on Migration?,” Public Affairs Quarterly 29.2 (2015).

Discrimination and the Presumptive Rights of Immigrants,” Critical Philosophy of Race 2.1 (2014).

“Three Reasons for Knowing Other than Knowing Otherwise: A Reply to Alexis Shotwell,” PhaenEx 8.1 (2013).

“Immigration: The Missing Requirement for an Ethics of Race,” Radical Philosophy Review 15.2 (2012).

“Does “Sí Se Puede” Translate To “Yes We Can”?” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18.2 (2011).

“Neither a State of Nature Nor a State of Exception: Law, Sovereignty, and Immigration,” Radical Philosophy Review 14.2 (2011).

“The Political Philosophy of Unauthorized Immigration,” APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy 10.2 (2011).

“A ‘Nation’ of Immigrants,” The Pluralist 5.3 (2010).

“Introduction to the Ethics of Illegality,” Oregon Review of International Law 11.1 (2009).

Book Chapters
Illegal: White Supremacy and Immigration Status” in The Ethics and Politics of Immigration: Emerging Trends, ed. Alex Sager, London UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016.

“Latino/a Immigration: A Refutation of the Social Trust Argument” in Migration Policy and Practice: Interventions and Solutions, ed. Harald Bauder and Christian Matheis, New York, NY: Palgrave, 2015.

Book Reviews
Review of Chad Kautzer, Radical Philosophy: An Introduction (Boulder CO: Paradigm, 2015), in The Pluralist 12.3 (2016).

Review of Diego A. Von Vacano, The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity, and Latin American/Hispanic Political Thought (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), in The Review of Politics 76 (2014)

Review of Gregory Fernando Pappas, Pragmatism in the Americas (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011), in The Pluralist 8.2 (2013).

Editing and Research
Co-editor, Radical Philosophy Review, 2012-present

Guest editor, Violence: Systemic, Symbolic, and Foundational, special edition of Radical Philosophy Review 15.1 (2012).

Research Assistant, Scott Pratt, Logic: Inquiry, Argument and Order (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2010); copyediting, creating in-text examples, and developing exercises.

Invited Lectures and Workshops
Latinx Philosophy’s Contribution to Immigration Justice” Keynote at the Philosophy Across the Americas: ​Thinking La Frontera conference, South Texas College and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX: November 4, 2017. (forthcoming)

Two American Myths: The Melting Pot and the Minority-Majority Nation” Keynote at the Society for Mexican-American Philosophy conference, Texas A&M, College Station, TX: May 19, 2017 (forthcoming)

Crimmigration: The Injustice of Criminalizing Migration” & “Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American DemocracyAnnual Larkin Ethics Lectures, Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA: April 10 & 11, 2017

Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: March 31, 2017

Thinking With Charles Mills: Some Reflections on a Racialized Political Philosophy”, UMB Philosophy Department Workshop on the work of Charles Mills, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA: March 23, 2017

Anger and Its Impact on a Restorative Justice Approach to Immigration ReformThe Public Spectacle: Exploring Anger and Political Transformations, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ: October 27, 2016

Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over Immigration” Invited Lecture, UC Merced Philosophy Department, Merced CA: October 7, 2016

Doing Away with Juan Crow: Two Standards for Just Immigration Reform” Hampshire College, Amherst, MA: September 29, 2016.

Crimmigration: The Injustice of Criminalizing Migration” 2nd Biannual Symposium on Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century, San Jose State University, San Jose CA: April 29, 2016

Latino/a Immigration: A Refutation of the Social Trust Argument2015 Fleishhacker Chair Lecture Series and Latin American Philosophy Conference, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA April 17, 2015

Philosophy and Immigration” Invited Lecture, University of New Hampshire Philosophy Department, Durham, NH, March 27, 2015

Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over ImmigrationSocial Justice Week 2015, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, March 26, 2015

Philosophy of Immigration and Race17th Annual Rutgers Summer Institute For Diversity In Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, July 14, 2014

Why The Presumptive Right Is Actually On The Side Of ImmigrantsAmerican Philosophies Forum: Crossings, Hybrids, Genres, SUNY Stony Brook, New York City, NY, April 4, 2014

Enforcement Matters: Why Immigration Presents An Exceptional Ethical Dilemma” Invited Lecture, Marquette University Philosophy Department, Milwaukee, WI, March 28, 2014

The Presumptive Rights of Undocumented Immigrants Issues in Applied Political Philosophy and Ethics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, October 12, 2013

From the Border to the Center: A Symposium on Immigration and Envisioning Compassionate Reform” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  Washington, DC, April 19, 2013

Xenophobia and the Need for Immigrant Rights” Invited lecture, Latin American Studies Events, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, April 18, 2013

Human Rights—In and After ConflictThe Oxford Program on Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, with Merton College Global Directions, Oxford England, March 22-28, 2013

The Curious Case of Latino/as in the United StatesThe Latino/a Philosopher: A National Symposium, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, March 15, 2013

Philosophy of Immigration” Invited lecture, Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Manchester, New Hampshire, February 15, 2013

On Enforcement and Expulsion Strategies: A Rejection of a State’s Unilateral Right to Control Immigration.” Philosophy of Immigration: A Roundtable Discussion of Works in Progress, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, November 2, 2012

“Strategies of Death and Discrimination: Philosophy and the Immigration Debate.” Workshop in Applied Philosophy: Global Justice and Ethics of Exclusion, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, September 28, 2012

No Human Being is Illegal.” Invited lecture, Social Inquiry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin, March 15, 2012

The Braid of Non-Whiteness: White Supremacy and Immigration.7th Annual Meeting of the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois: October 9, 2010

Conference Presentations
Latinx and the Future of Whiteness in American Democracy” 2nd Latinx Philosophy Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: April 27, 2017.

How to Think about Indirect Discrimination in Immigration Policy” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Seattle, WA: April 13, 2017.

Crimmigration: The Injustice of Criminalizing Migration” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD: January 8, 2017.

Radical Democracy and the Rise of Trump” 12th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY: November 11, 2016.

Immigrant Rights Not Open-Borders” General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic: September 10, 2016.

A Radical Approach to Immigration Justice” Latin American Studies Association, LASA 2016, New York, NY: May 30, 2016.

A Radical Approach to Immigration Justice” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA: March 30, 2016.

Brain Drain and Other So-Called ‘Progressive’ Justifications for Immigration Restrictions” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago IL: March 2, 2016.

Philosophy of Race and the Ethics of Immigration” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington D.C: January 8, 2016.

Why Enforcement is Not the Answer” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington D.C: January 6, 2016.

A Decolonial Approach to Immigration Justice” Philosophy Born of Struggle, University of Connecticut, STORRS, CT: November 7, 2015

The Curious Case of Mexicans in the United States” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Vancouver, Canada: April 2, 2015

Illegal People: On the Morality and Legality of Immigration” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA: December 29, 2014

Enforcement Matters: Reframing the Philosophical Debate Over Immigration” 11th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, Stony Brook, NY, November 7, 2014

Why The Presumptive Right Is Actually On The Side Of Immigrants (…even Undocumented Immigrants)” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Diego, CA, April 18, 2014

Xenophobia and the Need for Immigrant Rights.” American Philosophy Association, Central Division, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21, 2013

A Humane Approach to Immigration Reform.” Northern New England Philosophical Association Meeting, Umass Lowell, Lowell, MA, October 19, 2012

Immigration: The Missing Requirement for an Ethics of Race.” American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division, Seattle, Washington April 6, 2012

Neither a State of Nature Nor a State of Exception: Law, Sovereignty, and Unauthorized Immigration.” American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division, San Diego, California April 21, 2011

Am I an American Philosopher: Does “Si Se Puede” Translate to “Yes We Can”?” American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division, San Diego, California April 20, 2011

An Immigration Carol: Ghosts of Immigration Past, Present, and of Yet to Come.” American Philosophy Association, Central Division, Minneapolis, Minnesota: April 1, 2011

The Political Philosophy of Undocumented Immigration.” American Philosophy Association, Eastern Division, Boston, Massachusetts: December 28, 2010

Solidarity: A New Starting Point for Future Immigration Reform.” 9th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, Eugene Oregon: November 14, 2010

A ‘Nation’ of Immigrants.” 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte: March 12, 2010

Transformation and Reconstruction: A Political Conversation Between Enrique Dussel and John Dewey.” First International Conference On Pragmatism And The Hispanic/ Latino World, College Station, Texas: February 18-20, 2010

Deciphering ‘Illegal’ Immigration.” American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division, Vancouver, Canada: April 9, 2009

Social Movements and Organic Intellectuals: The Role of the Philosopher in the Fight for Social Justice.” 8th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, San Francisco State University: Nov. 6, 2008

Does Marx’s Concept of Alienation Still Matter?” American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco: April 5, 2007

Hip-Hop and Critical Social Thought.”  7th biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, Creighton University: Nov. 5, 2006

Courses Taught As Instructor
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy, Worcester State University

PHIL 110: Critical Thinking, Worcester State University

PHIL 115: Logic 1, Worcester State University

PHIL 130: Ethics: Human Conduct & Values, Worcester State University

PHIL 133: Social and Political Ethics, Worcester State University

PHIL 177: Introduction to Latin American Philosophy, Worcester State University

PHIL 290: Immigration and Social Justice, Worcester State University

PHIL 121: Individual and Society, Wheaton College

PHIL 298: Philosophy and Race, Wheaton College

PHIL 103: Critical Reasoning, University of Oregon

PHIL 216: Philosophy and Cultural Diversity, University of Oregon

PHIL 332: Philosophy of Film, University of Oregon

Fellowships and Awards
Philosophy Department Teaching Award, UMass Lowell, 2015-16

Davis Foundation Educational Grant (Develop an Ethnic Studies Program), 2014

Faculty Learning Community Grant (Critical Thinking Best Practices at Worcester State University) 2013

APA Prize in Latin American Thought 2010

San Francisco State University, Most Distinguished Philosophy M.A. Graduate 2006

Professional Memberships
American Philosophy Association (APA)

Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)

Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBOS)

Radical Philosophy Association (RPA)

Society for Mexican-American Philosophy (SMAP)

Doctoral Dissertation
On Immigration Enforcement and Expulsion Strategies: A Moral and Political Defense of Immigrant Rights
Committee: Naomi Zack (Chair), Cheyney Ryan, Alejandro Vallega, Edward Olivos

Master’s Thesis
Alienation: A Reexamination and Defense of the Marxist Perspective
Committee: Anatole Anton (Chair), Kostas “Gus” Bagakis, Pamela Hood, Roberto Rivera

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