Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I enjoy the process of immersing myself completely in a subject and spending lots of time in my head.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a great Philosophy department and Vancouver is a great place to live.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I hope that my research will help illuminate the nature of the connection between the imagination, fiction and belief. In my PhD, this is what I want to focus on. Fictions have an effect on what we believe and the way we act. People may change their stance on gay marriage as a result of watching the television sitcom Will and Grace, or change their views on nuclear disarmament after reading a post-apocalyptic novel. How exactly does fiction influence belief? Should it?
What are your future career goals?
I hope to get a job teaching philosophy and continue publishing in my field.
What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
Hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Personal Interests / Hobbies
I am a former graffiti artist and I still paint (on canvas) when I have any spare time. I also love reading good fiction. In fact, I can't sleep without reading first.