1. What was your degree in?
Major: Philosophy/Religion | Minor: Anthropology
2. What were your favorite authors/subjects?
I really gravitated to the Continental tradition in philosophy, especially Nietzsche, Husserl, Stein, Merleau-Ponty, de Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger, Bataille, and Ricoeur. In religion, my favorite reading was in Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Tillich, Heschel, Buber, and Rowan Williams, as well as Richard Kearney, Catherine Keller, and the 14th century English mystics. My favorite subjects were Phenomenology, Existentialism, Aesthetics, Linguistics, Philosophy of Religion, and Ancient Philosophy (particularly Plato).
3. What do you do now?
At present I live in New York City and am studying for a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. I am in the ordination process for priesthood, and currently work at a church in west Harlem which houses a homeless shelter for undocumented asylum seekers fleeing persecution (political, LGBTQ, etc.) by their respective countries of origin.
4. How has the study of philosophy/religion helped you in your career and life?
I have found that studying philosophy gave me a foundational set of tools to think through how I should engage with just about every aspect of my life and career. Being trained in philosophy and philosophical thinking -- wrestling with major questions about human life and flourishing, learning how to construct an argument well, gaining a deeper sense of the historic arc of Western thought -- has been crucial to my success in navigating my career interests, which include theology, but also branch significantly into law, politics, policy, and community organizing and development. I think my work in each stands out because it is always somehow grounded in philosophical inquiry.