• Ph.D. at Brown University, 2001

Research Interests

  • Comparative religious ethics
  • philosophy of religions
  • Christian thought and ethics
  • Chinese religious thought
  • moral philosophy

Courses Recently Taught

  • Religion and Common Morality
  • Religion and Virture Ethics
  • Self-Cultivation and Spiritual Exercises
  • Introduction to Chinese Thought
  • Conceptions of the Self, East & West
  • Friendship, Benevolence, & Love
  • Seminar on Zhuangzi

Publication Highlights

  • "The Mencius-Xunzi Debate in Early Confucian Ethics." In Teaching Confucianism, ed. Jeffrey L. Richey, AAR’s Teaching Religion series (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • "Transforming the Self:  Confession and Performance in the Thought of Augustine and Xunzi"In Augustine and World Religions, ed. Kim Paffenroth (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, under contract, forthcoming)
  • Overcoming Our Evil: Human Nature and Spiritual Exercises in Xunzi and Augustine. Moral Traditions series, ed. James Keenan, Georgetown University Press, 2006.
  • "Focus Introduction:  Anthropos and Ethics: Categories of Inquiry and Procedures of Comparison” (co-authored with Mark Berkson, Thomas Lewis, and Jon Schofer).  Journal of Religious Ethics 33.2 (Summer 2005): 177-185.
  • "Comparative Religious Ethics and the Problem of ‘Human Nature.’"  Journal of Religious Ethics 33.2 (Summer 2005): 187-224.