Curriculum Vitae →

Last updated: February 2017.

Research

My research focuses how the use of neural technologies may 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 neural technologies. I’m currently working on a dissertation project under Sara Goering exploring perspectives on invasive neural sensing and stimulation technologies—in particular, Deep-Brain Stimulators (DBS) used to treat Essential Tremor (ET). I collect DBS users’ experiences through longitudinal interviews and use their experiences to challenge philosophical positions on identity, autonomy, and agency.

Affiliations

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

I work within the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) and their Neuroethics Thrust—they are a National Science Foundation-funded organization that directs research on neural devices that record from and apply stimulation to the brain.

Through the CSNE’s support, I am “embedded” in the UW’s Biorobotics Lab with a diverse group of engineers and scientists.

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