Curriculum Vitae →

Last updated: June 2019.

Research

My research focuses how the use of neural technologies could change what it means to have an identity, what it means to be autonomous, and what it means to be an agent. I am also interested in the aesthetic features of using and living with implanted neural technologies. I’m currently wrapping up my Ph.D. thesis under Sara Goering investigating the impact of invasive neural sensing and stimulation technologies—in particular, Deep-Brain Stimulators (DBS) used to treat motor disorders like Essential Tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s Disease—on user agency. Finally, I’m completing a series of long-term interviews with people with ET as they test the next-generation of co-adaptive, DBS therapies.

Affiliations

First and foremost, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Washington.

I work within the Center for Neurotechnology’s (CNT) Neuroethics Thrust. The CNT is a National Science Foundation-funded organization that directs research on neural devices that record from and apply stimulation to the brain.

Through the CNT’s support, I am “embedded” in the UW’s Biorobotics Lab with a diverse group of engineers and scientists designing the next generation of human-machine interactive technologies.

Finally, I serve on the International Neuroethics Society’s Student / Postdoctoral committee.