Of all my past professional activities, organizing a week-long conference on logical atomism with Gregory Landini (University of Iowa) was the most fun. Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Obermann Center, we were able to bring together 14 scholars to discuss the 1918 logical atomism lectures at the University of Iowa. This collaboration resulted in my first book publication: an edited volume with Palgrave Macmillan. You can read about the all details here.

Happily, my conference organizing days are not over: this March, I am organizing a workshop, Russell & Women, with Alex Klein (McMaster University).

Professional Activity

Professional Service

University Service

  • 2016-2018 President, Iowa Lyceum
    • University of Iowa, Department of Philosophy: Iowa City, Iowa
    • The Iowa Lyceum is a pre-college philosophy summer camp.
  • 2015-2020 President, Iowa Chapter
    • University of Iowa, Department of Philosophy: Iowa City, Iowa
    • The Iowa Chapter is an undergraduate reading group, and a chapter of the Bertrand Russell Society.

Professional Memberships

Philosophical Outreach

My extra curricular philosophizing includes:

This website also hosts a blog, A Logician & A Snake, where I archive and share mostly thoughts on the history of analytic philosophy, logic and philosophy of logic, foundations and philosophy of math, and metaphysics and modal logic.

The blog name is an allusion to the story in Bereishis (a.k.a. Genesis 3). I am the logician. The snake stands in for philosophical temptations: temptations to dogmatic answers, to captivating ideas, and to the need for certainty. These are the sort of philosophical temptations discussed at length and in different ways by Russell and Wittgenstein. Professional philosophers like anyone else struggle with these philosophical temptations. I do some struggling in my blog. If you are there reading, then you are along for the ride.