I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Diego (PhD NYU 2013, BA UC Berkeley 2006) My work has been published in a variety of places, including Philosophers' Imprint, The Philosophical Quarterly, The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, McSweeney's, and Penguin Books. Much of my writing focuses on aesthetic value and why it matters and attempts to show that it is more pervasive and important than philosophers typically acknowledge. I have published on personal style, ideals, beauty’s transformative import, social art, street art and graffiti, social norms and ‘op…

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