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I am an aesthetics postdoc at the University of Auburn having recently been an instructor here and, before that, a visiting Research Fellow at Uppsala Universitet and the University of Southampton. Prior to this, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow directing the Art & Ethics project at Southampton and, earlier still, a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at UNAM. I completed my PhD at the University of Michigan in 2016. Starting in 2022, I will be a Humboldt fellow at Universität Hamburg, where I will be completing a monograph under contract with Oxford University Press. I am Chair of the ASA’s Diversity Committee and Programme Chair for the ASA’s annual meeting in 2022.
I was born in West Berlin and grew up both in the South of England and in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Later, I studied philosophy at the University of Sheffield and returned there to complete an MA following a year teaching English in Valencia, Spain. I am the first in my family to attend university.
I am married to Fown (pronunciation: ‘phone’) with whom I have three kids: Katharina, Kaspar, and Axel. We have two dogs named Beverly and Matilda who are even cuter than they sound.
As for pronouncing my name, it rhymes with ‘pills, tennis, beer’, which sounds like a fun time. I go by ‘Nils’.