I earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of London (Kings College) where I worked on philosophy of psychology. My dissertation was published as Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999).
I am professor of philosophy at the University of New England, where I teach courses on philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, free will and determinism, philosophy of human nature, philosophy of race, and other topics.
Self-deception, dehumanization, human nature, ideology, race.
Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others. New York: St. Martins Press, 2011.
How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism. 2017, Cambridge University Press.
‘Freud the Philosopher,’ Aeon [August 17, 2017]
‘Paradoxes of dehumanization,’ Social Theory and Practice 42(2): 416-433 .
‘The essence of evil,’ Aeon [October 24, 2014].
‘Horror sanguinis,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu), Common Knowledge 22(1): 69-80 .
‘Dehumanization, essentialism, and moral psychology,’ Philosophy Compass 9(11): 814-824 .
‘Form and function in self-deception: a biological model,’ Sistemi Intelligenti , 3: 565-580 
‘Naturalism,’ in Alex Rosenberg and Lee McIntyre (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Social Science. New York: Routledge .
‘Aping the human essence: simianization as dehumanization,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu). In Wulf D. Hund and Charles W. Mills and Silvia Sebastiani (eds.), Racism Analysis Yearbook, Vol 6: Apes, Gender, Class, and Race. Berlin: Lit Verlag .
‘Dehumanization,’ In Robert Wilson, Eugenics Archive .
Other scholarly activity
Winner of 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction.
Sepeaker at 2012 G20 Economic Summit
Invited plenary presentation
‘How ideologies get their functions,’ American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, annual conference .
‘Consuming authoritarianism,’ American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, annual conference [January 4, 2018].
‘Anthropology, race, and dehumanization,’ Black New England, University of New Hampshire [October 21, 2017]
‘Paradoxes of dehumanization,’ University of Virginia, Department of Political Science [April 28, 2017].
‘Less than human, lesser human, or defectively human?’ Sidore Lecture, University of New Hampshire [March 7, 2017].
‘How dehumanization works,’ Salem State University [Feb 22, 2017].
‘The politics of salvation,’ presentation at conference on ‘Philosophy after Trump,’ University of Pennsylvania [February 3, 2017].
‘Making monsters,’ Pomona College, Dept. of Philosophy, [January 20, 2017].
‘The politics of salvation: ideology, propaganda, and race in Trump’s America,’ University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Philosophy [January 19, 2017].
Panel on combatting dehumanization, Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University [October 27, 2016].
‘Making monsters: the uncanny power of dehumanization,’ Inamori Center, Case Western Reserve University [October 28, 2016].
‘Understanding dehumanization,’ Tufts University Medical Center, Grand Rounds [September 20, 2016].
Dehumanization, ideology, race