I was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California in 1984. My father was in business and my mother was originally a secondary school algebra teacher and later became a University professor of Education. Both of their work experiences influenced the way I saw the world, both practical and theoretical.
Although my love for philosophy and literature developed at a very young age during my undergraduate career at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts my early studies focused on history, political thought and social theory. It was only until the end of my undergraduate education and my early graduate experience at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles that I revitalized my study of philosophy.
Eventually I received my M.A and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. There I was able to work with Robert Bernacsoni and Leonard Lawlor. My studies at Penn State focused on early modern philosophy, twentieth century phenomenology, the history of political philosophy and critical philosophy of race.
I, like many individuals who study philosophy, am concerned with the nature of reality and understanding our lived experiences, individual and communal. However, my research tends to focus on these elements within the context of the history of Ontology and specifically addresses philosophical problems of identity, history, ethics, politics and time.