I am currently completing my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, under the supervision of Ned Markosian, Hilary Kornblith, Phil Bricker, and Amie Thomasson (Dartmouth). Prior to UMass, I had started my Ph.D. at McGill University before transferring, and before that I completed an M.A. in Philosophy at Queen’s University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science at Lakehead University. I am also a co-organizer of the UMass Amherst Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter.

My research is mainly in metaphysics, but it intersects with questions in philosophy of technology, philosophy of art, philosophy of language, and epistemology. I principally work on the nature of artifacts, but also have an active research interest in abstract objects. I’m currently working on several papers on both.

My last name looks harder to pronounce than it is. Just pronounce the first three letters as the contraction of ‘you have’ and the last four letters exactly as they seem: ‘you’ve-shik’.

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