Greetings! Welcome to my webpage. Academic profile pages usually emphasize titles, degrees, research profiles etc.

So: I am an associate professor and department chair; I have an Ivy League P.h.D. from the University of Pennsylvania; I am a scholar of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Cambridge University Press published my book Plotinus on Consciousness in Spring 2018.  Reviews can be found in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the Notre Dame Philosophical Review, and the International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.  

However, of equal importance is my background. I am Latino and I am a first-generation college student. At every stage of my career I have been involved with diversity initiatives. I am committed to inclusive pedagogy in the discipline of philosophy. I am also equally committed to the value of cross-cultural philosophy, not limiting myself to the intuitions and methodologies of one culture but learning from a plurality of cultures for insight into philosophical problems.  I recently developed and taught a new course in Spring 2020 entitled Confucius, Buddha, and Socrates that brought together my teaching interests in both "Western" and "Eastern" philosophy. 

I am also a life-long practitioner of martial arts. I hold black belts in judo and jiu jitsu, and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. I have combined my love of cross-cultural philosophy and martial arts in a course I teach nearly every Interim, Zen and the Art of Judo (see video below). When I am not philosophizing at my desk or in the classroom, I am philosophizing on the mat during practice.

For more information, please click here for my personal website page.