More generally, I explore the philosophical implications underlying recent innovations in quantum mechanics, cosmology, and complexity theory. My approach is grounded in the study of the historical evolution of the conceptual frameworks central to these disciplines.
I did my doctoral work in metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion at The University of Chicago, and earned my Ph.D. there in 2003. My dissertation, Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (Fordham University Press, 2004, 2nd ed. 2012) was written under the direction of philosopher David Tracy and physicist Peter Hodgson, Head of the Nuclear Physics Theoretical Group at the University of Oxford. My follow-on work, Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), co-authored with quantum theorist and mathematician Elias Zafiris (Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Imperial College, University of London) explores the ontological significance of potentia and contextuality in quantum mechanics, toward a mereotopological, relational interpretation.
My philosophical interests also include ethics and just war theory, and my work in these areas includes the 2005 documentary film The 11th Day: Crete 1941 (writer, producer) which chronicles the story of the Cretan civilian resistance against German occupation in World War II. The film received critical acclaim in publications including The Chicago Tribune, Canada's National Post, The Sacramento Bee, and Newsday. Exhibitions have included a special advance screening requested by members of the United States Congress, held at the Capitol, and a screening at the British Embassy in Athens, Greece.
I am a proud graduate of the Sac State School of Arts & Sciences Discovery Program (in 1980. I was twelve) and have been teaching at Sac State since 2005. I’m a member of the faculty governing committee of the CSUS Hellenic Studies Program and am the founding director of the CSUS Consortium for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences and its History and Philosophy of Science program.