Applied Scholarship

Academic work

I consider myself to be an applied scholar. I never enrolled in higher education for the purposes of publication or academic posting. I chose to pursue advanced doctoral study because I wanted to change the world around me. To do that, I was—and remain—convinced that a careful understanding of that world would be instrumental in "making a difference." Therefore, my research focused on life, creativity, and habit. My work showed me that change comes by way of making and building. Ultimately, my academic journey has—and continues to—reinforce my instincts towards design, beauty, and human flourishing.
My research begins with a question that typically arrives at the end of a dissertation: how do you plan to make a living? I apply a systematic-combining methodology to the concepts that orbit this question. The anthropological and phenomenological dimensions reveal that making and living pivot around the term planning. My research confirms that planning is informed by the practice and paradigm of drawing. In the final step, I examine the role of drawing in architectural history and theory where it has informed the diagrams and habits that underlie the building of habitats.
    Drawn to Life: a Common Theory of Making
    Research Monographs
    These select essays—developed throughout my PhD coursework—were conceptual milestones for my final dissertation research question.
    Multimedia projects
    These projects were the result of Clemson's RCID program focus on technical and digital skill.
    Philsophical Essays
    These essays represent the period prior to my PhD research wherein I pursued advanced study in philosophy and theology.