About

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the philosophy department at Bucknell University. During the 2015-2016 academic year I was a full-time lecturer in the philosophy department at Vanderbilt University. The previous academic year I was the George J. Graham Jr. Fellow at Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

As of 2017 my book, Political Philosophy and Political Action: Imperatives of Resistance, is available from Rowman & Littlefield International. The text grounds critical engagement with political philosophy from within an analysis of contemporary resistance movements. Juxtaposing critical interpretations of Rousseau, Marx, Dewey, and Rancière alongside analyses of contemporary resistance movements such as Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and the Arab Spring illustrates the importance of real political action for democratic political philosophy. I use an analysis of political philosophy’s ideals of equality and democracy to argue for the continued relevance of the history of political theory for real politics, while simultaneously emphasizing the potential shortcomings of such theorizing. Ultimately, I aim to demonstrate how theory must always remain not only grounded in general political principles, but must also retain a connection to the material realities of insurrectionist politics.

My primary area of research is social and political philosophy (including the history of political thought). My work is broadly focused on the relationship between, on the one hand, issues of democracy, equality, and legitimacy, and on the other, those dealing with resistance, contestation, and emancipation. I am interested in ways to conceptualize democratic institutions that productively take into account pluralism and intractable disagreement in order to foster an open and equal society.

Alongside several other smaller projects, I am primarily working on the development of a theory of the relationship between politics and ethics that focuses on illegitimacy and contestation, and that emerges from debates within political realism.

Areas of Specialization: Social & Political Philosophy, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Race, Ethics, Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy