I am an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an associate editor of the journal Foundations of Physics, a fellow of the John Bell Institute for the Foundations of Physics, and an affiliated faculty member of the UCSD Chinese studies program. I received a Ph.D in philosophy, a M.Sc in mathematics, and a graduate certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 2019.
My primary research interests are philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. I also have interests in philosophy of mind, decision theory, formal epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of religion, and Chinese philosophy. I have a side interest in using films to popularize philosophical and scientific ideas. Currently, I'm co-writing a screenplay about a time-travel romance (partly based on this fascinating article in the SEP).
I received the Popper Prize for my 2021 BJPS paper on quantum mechanics in a time-asymmetric universe, "judged to be the best published in that year's volume of the Journal, as determined by the Editors-in-Chief and the BSPS Committee." (Click here for a short summary.) I've done a brief interview with the American Philosophical Association (APA) Blog, and a longer interview with Richard Marshall at 3:16AM. My recent work on the vagueness of physical laws was featured as a cover story of New Scientist. My paper in The Philosophical Review on the same topic was selected by The Philosopher's Annual as "one of the ten best articles in philosophy from 2022." Currently I am a collaborator of the interdisciplinary project "Life on the Edge," funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation.
On this website you can find information about my publications, research, teaching, public engagement, and events.