As a scholar, teacher, and citizen, I aim to use the tools of philosophical inquiry and clear, persuasive communication for the advancement of freedom, opportunity, and justice in a number of areas. These include quality public education and life opportunities for disadvantaged, under-resourced, and disabled persons. I study ethics, leadership, and public policy with a background in American philosophy in order to write, teach, and engage the public on pressing moral challenges.
I am a Contributing Columnist for The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, the state’s major newspaper. In 2015, I began writing also for The Prindle Post. Starting in the fall of 2016, I am a Visiting Associate Professor in the department of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. From 2007 to 2016, I was assistant (’07-’13) and then associate professor (’13-’16) of Public Policy Leadership and affiliated faculty member in the School of Law and in the department of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi. I have authored four books that you can learn about on this Web site, including Democracy and Leadership and Uniting Mississippi. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007 at Southern Illinois University, my M.A. in Philosophy from Ohio University, and my B.S. in Philosophy and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University. I began teaching in 2002 at O.U. in Athens, Ohio.
I serve as Executive Director and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). From 2011 to 2014, I served as Chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy. Since 2013, I have been a member of the Advisory Board for the Public Philosophy Network and chaired the Program Committee for the group’s 2015 conference. Finally, I have been chairing the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Committee on Public Philosophy since its inception in 2013.
As of the summer of 2016, I live in Lexington, KY, with my brilliant wife, Dr. Annie Davis Weber, our two kids, Helen and Sam, and our mix between a Labrador and an Australian shepherd.