Graduate Teaching Assistant


  • Office Hours:

    W, F 12-1
  • Role:

    Graduate Student
  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Department:

    • All College of Liberal Arts and Philosophy
  • Education:

    • B.A., Environmental Economics


My primary research interest focuses on the interplay between philosophical cosmologies and normative ethics within a cultural group. In particular, I hope to contribute more research into understanding the connections between how philosophies of cosmology: Where does the human, both as a subject and a concept, fit in the cosmological system? How does the human position itself relative to the non-human in that system? And how do these central assumptions influence a social/cultural group’s normative ethics? How do they help answer, for example, questions like: How ought people treat one another? How ought humans treat the non-human world: plants, animals, fungi, and the non-living?
After exploring these questions during a Masters on Hellenic philosophy, I hope to continue on for a PhD and Professorship where I could then I apply these questions to a study of the philosophies of the Iroquois Confederacy, Nahuatl, and Maya cultures, post past and present.

When I'm not thinking about these topics, I love hiking, knitting, baking, and spending time cuddling with Pippa, an African Grey Parrot!


Schmidt, A., & Lewis, L. (2017). "The Cost of Stability: Consumption-Based Fixed Rate Billing for Water Utilities." Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 160(1), 5-24.