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Academic Employment

11/2014-CurrentProgram Advisor at Hokkaido University of Education International Affairs Division
04/2014-10/2014Term-Limited Instructor at Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa in the English Division
09/2013-03/2014Academic Researcher at Hokkaido University Center for Sustainability Science
10/2013-03/2014Part-Time Instructor at Hokkaido Uniersity of Education Sapporo


2013PhD Fordham University Philosophy
2012-2014 Hokkaido UniversityCoursework in Japanese language
2011MPhilFordham UniversityPhilosophy
2007MALoyola Marymount UniversityPhilosophy
2003BSWheaton College (IL)Chemistry & Philosophy (Dual)


Specializations:Comparative Philosophy, Modern Philosophy
Competencies:Ethics, East Asian Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Internal Fellowships, Awards, and Funding

2011 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Support Grant: Fordham University
2008-2012 Teaching Fellow: Fordham University
2007-2008 University Fellowship: Fordham University
2006-2007 Tuition Scholarship: Loyola Marymount University
Fall 2006 Teaching Fellow: Loyola Marymount University

External Fellowships, Awards, and Funding

2018Carnegie Melon University DH-TEL Workshop External AW Mellon Fellow
2012-2014 Monbukagakusho “MEXT” Kenkyuusei (Japanese Ministry of Education Research Student)
2011 Uehiro Prize (Awarded for Best Paper at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Uehiro Crosscurrents Conference)
2009 Hokkaido University Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy Travel Grant

Refereed Publications

2018"Hegel's Complete Views on Crime and Punishment" in Journal of the American Philosophical Association 4.4 (2018): 525-544
2018"Faith, Recognition, and Community: Abraham and “Faith-In” in Hegel and Kierkegaard" in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92.3 (2018): 445-464
2017"Education and Capacity Building with Research a possible case for Future Earth" in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 18.2 Authors: Yasuhiro Fukushima, Gaku Ishimura, Andrew Komasinski, Reiko Omoto, Shun Managi (2017): 263-276
2017"Critical Thinking and Normative Competencies for Sustainability Science Education" in 高等教育ジャーナル = Journal of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning 24 With Gaku Ishimura as co-author (2017): 21-37
2016"How Relational Selfhood Rearranges the Debate between Feminists and Confucians" in Feminist Encounters with Confuciuswith Stephanie Komashin as co-author edited by Sor Hoon Tan and Mathew Foust (Brill Academic: December 2016): 141-164
2016"Mobile-CALT: A Practical Guide for Using Cell Phones for CALT" in OnCUE Journal 9.4 (December 2016): 403-415
2016"How Kierkegaard can Help Us Understand Covering in Analects 13.18" in Asian Philosophy 26.2 (April 2016): 133-148
2016"Ethics is for Children: Revisiting Aristotle's Virtue Theory" in Philosophy of Childhood: Exploring the Boundaries edited by Brock Bahler and David Kennedy (Lexington Books: October 2016): 39-52
2014"A Hegelian Approach to Applied Ethics and Technology" in Applied Ethics: Ethics in an Era of Emerging Technologies (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan: 2014): 36-48 
2014"Anti-Climacus’s Pre-emptive Critique of Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology" in International Philosophical Quarterly 54.3 (September 2014): 101-113
2011"Maybe Happiness Is Loving Our Fathers: Confucius and the Rituals of Dad" in Fatherhood and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell: 2011): 110-120
2010"A Transcendental Phenomenology that Leads out of Transcendental Phenomenology: Using Climacus’ Paradox to Explain Marion’s Being Given" in Quaestiones Disputatae 1.1 (Spring 2010): 112-130

Other Publications

2015“Encouraging Cell Phone Use in the Classroom” in 研究集録 (Research Summary) for the 64th Tohoku/Hokkaido Area University-level Education Research Society 
2013“A Reader’s Companion to the Analects” (Book Review) at Warp Weft and Waylink


2015"Practical Approaches to Business Writing in CALL Classrooms" at 6th Pacific Rim Conference on Education with Stephen Asbridge and Ivan Todd
2015"How Relational Selfhood Rearranges the Debate between Feminists and Confucians" at International Conference for the Society of for Chinese Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong with Stephanie Komashin
2015「カントの『宗教論』と「神命説(DIVINE COMMAND THEORY)の共通点」[What Kant’s God and Divine Command Theory Share] at 北海道基督教学術大会 [Hokkaido Christian Studies Academic Presentation Conference]
2014"Ethics is for Children: Revisiting Aristotle’s Virtue Theory" at Special Symposium of the IAPC at American Philosophical Association Eastern Division
2014"Encouraging Cellphone use in the Classroom" at 第64回東北・北海道地区大学等高等・共通教育研究会 at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
2014"Ethics as a Humanistic Competency for Future Earth" at 14th Science Council of Asia, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
2013"Why Science Cannot Overturn Applied Ethics: Hegel on Morality's Autonomy" at Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University
2013「カントの批判的倫理学とヘーゲルの自然法批判」[Kant’s Critical Moral Philosophy and Hegel’s Critique in “Natural Law”] at Hokkaido University Philosophical Association, Sapporo, Japan
2012"Confucian Moral Selfhood" at University of New South Wales Australasian Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Sydney, Australia
2011"The Essentially Relational Self in Kierkegaard and Nishida" at University of Hawai’i at Manoa Uehiro Crosscurrents Conference, Manoa, HI
2011"A Relational Understanding of Justification in Luke: Restored to the Father" at Society of Vineyard Scholars, Seattle, WA
2009"Finding Pleasure in Friendship: Epicurus and Confucius" at Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University
2009"Aristotle’s Ergon and the Family: Human Flourishing in Human Families" at Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University Lincoln Center
2008"Making Sense of the Saturated Phenomenon: How Kierkegaard Can Help Marion’s Being Given" at The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion, Franciscan University of Steubenville
2008"Reawakening the Christian Sense of Locke’s Tolerance" at Fordham Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
2007"Is there anything more important than Life?" at Society for the Asian and Comparative Philosophy at Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association

Works in Progress

Active Research"Finding Common Ground between Hegel and Confucianism"Hegel is well-known for saying that the Confucians "lacked Spirit." He also has many negative things to say about the Confucians. Despite this, I want to suggest some common ground on community and the nature of value, but I also want to suggest that Hegel is right on the "spirit" claim -- and this should not necessarily bother Confucians
Active Research"In-Class Participation Management Tools" This project builds on work I have used in managing my own classes to demonstrate how to implement a portable tool to track student participation.
The tool is made in PHP and MySQL and has been used for 70 classes and 1000 students.
I made two presentations in 2018 based on this tool. In one, Stephanie Komashin and I compared student survey data with student in-class participation. In the other, we looked at the differential adoption of simple Mobile CALT vs more advanced mobile CALL.
Initial Research "Kierkegaard and Lopsided Recognition"Hegel is well-known for "mutual recognition." Mutual recognition between equal humans is a key moment in the development of spirit and its self-consciousness. In this paper, I look at how recognition operates for Kierkegaard, arguing that being recognized gives and shapes the epistemology of human selves -- but lacks this dimension of mutuality due to the power that makes the recognition work.
Initial Research "Learning to Love the Dead: A Confucian Lesson for Kierkegaard Scholars" One of the more difficult passages in Kierkegaard's Works of Love is on loving someone who is already dead. In this paper, I deploy Confucian resources to help make sense of this and show that at least one overlap between Confucian and Kierkegaardian approaches to ethics is in their belief that relationships serve as sources of moral knowledge.

Courses Taught

Philosophical Ethics(4x)
Philosophy of Human Nature(4x)
Descartes and Locke(1x)
Plato and Aristotle(0.5x)
Environmental Ethics(0.25x)
English Literature
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Moral Imagination)(2x)
A Christmas Carol (Literature and Social Critique)(1x)
Academic English
Academic Reading(1x)
English Education
English Communication(5x)
Methodologies for English-mediated Instruction(4x)
Business Writing / Communication(4x)
Intercultural Understanding(2x)


Spring 2012 Referee for Fordham Graduate Philosophy Conference
2009-2010Co-Chair of Fordham Graduate Philosophy Conference for Spring
2010 “Aristotle in the 21st Century” (Spring 2009-Spring 2010)
 Conference Referee for Fordham Graduate Symposium: Fall 2008, Spring 2009
 Paper Referee for Journal of the Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy at Hokkaido University (2013), Philosophy East and West (2015)
 Translation Work Kuriyama Masatoshi (Hokkaido University: 2013) and Ikeda Makoto (Hokkaido University: 2014)
 Editing Assistance: Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa faculty

University Service

2015-Current Member of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa Campus International Exchange Committee
2014-Current Member of Hokkaido University of Education Global Education Leaders Program Committee
2014-Current Developed a proprietary LMS
2011-2012 Faculty advisor for the Polish Student Association
2007-2008 Developed and managed “Academic Integrity” Online Tutorial for Fordham University’s undergraduate colleges in PHP/MySQL

Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association, Society of Kierkegaard Scholars, Hegel Society of America, International Society of Comparative and Western Philosophy, Hokkaido Christian Studies, Society of Christian Philosophers, International Society for Chinese Philosophy


JapaneseCompetent reading, speaking, and writing (JLPT N1)
GermanReading Compentecy with a dictionary, conversational spoken German
FrenchReading Competency with a dictionary
LatinReading Competency
DanishBasic Reading Competency

Business Skills

Web Development10 years professional experience: PHP, MySQL, HTML,JavaScript
Web Marketing Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing
Office20+ years experience with MS Office. Several VBA projects.