Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College, where he studied math, neuroscience, and eventually philosophy. After graduating, he was lucky enough to be able to teach English and academic writing abroad for three years with Grinnell Corps and the Fulbright Program.
As a graduate student, Brian's research interests are deliberately flexible, although they tend to focus on some current issues in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and psychology. Within these areas, some of his present interests include perception, self-knowledge of mental states (esp. belief), intentional action, metaphysics of mind, moral psychology, and, most recently, the work of Susan Carey and Tyler Burge.
Apart from academic work, Brian enjoys cooking, traveling, and learning about world history.