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First Name
Last Name
University of Edinburgh
Website URL
James McCune Smith, Abolitionism, American History, Frederick Douglass, antebellum America, Feminist Movements, Joan of Arc, Ernestine Rose, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, Travel Writing, History of Philosophy
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About Me

Creator and editor of Ordinary Philosophy blog, podcast, and history of ideas travel series, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Applied Ethics and Law from Sacramento State University, a Master’s degree in Intellectual History from the University of Edinburgh, and am currently pursuing my Doctoral degree in History at the University of Edinburgh. I’m also an avid hiker and quilter, love movies, mystery stories, and music, and think coffee, ale, cheese, and a British breakfast are among the most delightful things the world has to offer.

Recent Publications

– Master’s Dissertation, 2018, University of Edinburgh – Frederick Douglass and His Scottish Influences
– ‘Science & Philosophy: A Beautiful Friendship.’ Philosophy Now, Issue 109, Aug./Sep. 2015
– ‘Paine on Basic Income and Human Rights.’ Thomas Paine National Historical Association website, 30 Mar 2016
– Ordinary Philosophy. Self-published essays, reviews, historical profiles, and more at

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Emancipation, Human Rights, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Slavery, Women