Hello!  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San José State University. My areas of expertise are philosophy of science, ethics, and moral psychology.  I’m interested in diverse issues at the intersection of science and society.  How do we understand other minds?  How do scientific studies of mind and behavior influence the way that we see each other and ourselves?  My primary research project, “The Science and Ethics of Empathy” focuses on pressing debates about the value of empathy in contemporary society.  Is empathy the root of human goodness?  Or is it inherently biased and therefore unsuitable for moral thinking, as some anti-empathy theorists argue?  What bearing does evidence from neuroscience and psychology have on these questions of value?