In 2010, I became a philosophy major at Santa Monica College. For two years, my interest was only in social and political philosophy; which, by my lights, includes religious studies. I wanted to understand the effects of our beliefs (including our religious beliefs) on how we act.
In 2012, I transferred to UCLA and while studying there I attended an APA meeting with the philosophy club. In one session, people were trying to figure out what kind of true belief gets called knowledge. I became addicted to Gettier literature. I took an intro to epistemology course and became sure, against all odds, knowledge is not a kind of belief at all.
My writing sample for grad school aimed at showing that Plato is correct that knowledge is not something like a justified true belief. In 2015, I entered the Ph.D. in philosophy program at Saint Louis University. My research interest remained in epistemology but I moved beyond Plato (likely because I can't read Attic Greek!).
Under John Greco's supervision, I defended my dissertation in April of 2020. In my dissertation, Knowledge Beyond Belief, I broaden the limits of knowledge beyond traditional conceptions and contemporary alternatives by arguing for knowledge beyond the scope of belief.