I am a PhD Candidate at Yale University and the Editor-in-Chief of the Marginalia Review of Books.
As a philosopher and scholar of religion, my work focuses on philosophy, religion, science, metaphysics, and secularity, with a particular interest in the regimes and technologies of knowledge. I use history and theory to illumine contemporary concerns, like the relationship of science and religion, and I aim to communicate the importance of the university and scholarship as an editor and writer. Much of my work focuses on what happens to societies as their gods and values begin to die, how science and reason together function as both a replacement and competitor to certain forms of religion, and the kinds of dynamic instability and creativity that arises when institutions outlast their founding ideals. In the modern world, the nineteenth century, especially in Germany, is when the ideals of the Enlightenment combined with strong remnants of traditional religious and political culture to produce extraordinarily creative and influential innovations in philosophy, religion, politics, history, and in the ideas of what the university and science itself should be. My scholarship focuses on this period and its legacy in the Weimar era and our time, when we are once again being forced to ask what the university is for and how we should think about science, rationality, religion, and sovereignty in a global world.
My scholarship and writing have a personal dimension because I believe philosophy is a way of life that concerns all humans, and that it has deep connections with religion. Understanding both helps us build a more tolerant and meaningful world.
My interests in philosophy and religion started in childhood. I was born in Athens, Greece. My ancestry roots me in Okinawa, Japan, among the Chippewa (or Ojibwe) people, and in Eastern Europe (Poland and Croatia). I grew up between many worlds, traveling and seeing different cultures and religions. My diverse family, perpetual movement, and religious experience led me to the ultimate questions, and I started on the path of philosophy when I read Plato at 14. An afternoon of reading led to a lifetime of learning and opportunities I never imagined.
My writing has been taught at places like Boston University as well as Yale, and some of it has been translated into Chinese. I share my work and projects on this website. Feel free to write me with questions, inquiries, or just a friendly hello.