About Samantha

I grew up in southern New Hampshire and I earned my B.A. from the University of Vermont. I entered as a Political Science major but ended up adding a second major after I took my first philosophy class. After I graduated, I spent a year working for the Honors College at the University of Arizona. I spent much of my time in Tucson camping, hiking, and playing with my brother's dog—but I also took the time to send out applications to philosophy Ph.D. programs. Eventually, I decided to attend Florida State University to work with Al Mele. At FSU, I participated in the X-Phi Research Lab, the Philosophical Psychology Group, and MAP. I also worked as the Political Action Committee Chair for FSU's graduate assistant union and co-founded the FSU West Coast Swing Dance Club. After I finished the M.A. portion of my degree, I realized that FSU was not the best fit for my particular research interests. With the help of my faculty mentors from FSU, I decided to transfer to UC San Diego in 2019.

I currently live in San Diego with my parter Brett (who is a data scientist) and our dog Cholla (who is a very good girl). When I am not doing philosophy, I enjoy playing board games, West Coast Swing dancing, and playing pool.