Thanks to Zee Perry for the photo.


I am a PhD candidate in the department of philosophy at NYU. My research focuses on metaphysics, the history of analytic philosophy and philosophy of language. 

My main historical interest concerns Carnap, especially his distinction between "internal" and "external" questions. My main interest in metaphysics concerns metaontology. I defend a view called "ontological expressivism", according to which ontological existence claims express noncognitive mental states. My main interest in the philosophy of language concerns theories of objectivity. I think that objectivity is best understood as a primitive modality. See my research page for more information. 

I also currently organize a conference on The Foundations of Conceptual Engineering, which will take place at NYU on Sept 14 and 15, 2018, in collaboration with David Chalmers and members of the research project ConceptLab (Herman Cappelen and Andrew Peet).

Before coming to NYU, I studied at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, the University of Pittsburgh, Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin and the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. I have also been a visiting student in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT (Spring 2016 and Spring 2017) and a visiting research fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo (Summer 2017 and Summer 2018).

Here is my CV. You can reach me at