Doctoral Candidate

BA, Philosophy and Sociology, Kent State University

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago

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My research explores how knowledge is organized and used to inform expert work, particularly in the medical and scientific fields. My dissertation is a qualitative study that investigates how physicians and nurses working in Hospice and Palliative Medicine relate to their patients and interdigitate with medical experts from different specialties. In particular, I study how clinicians aid patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses in making decisions about what kind and how much care they will receive. I am also very interested in supporting the endeavor for a more open science by creating reproducible documents with plain text software.

Beyond these social scientific interests I have an enduring interest in philosophy, particularly the philosophy of science and metaethics.