About

Hello! I’m currently an Assistant Professor in the Political Studies Program at Bard College, where I teach and write on the history of political thought. Beginning Fall 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.

My research investigates the intersections of democratic theory and political violence, with an area focus on modern French political thought and intellectual history. In my current book project, Democracy and the Virtues of Violence (under contract with Oxford University Press), I examine the recurring role of regenerative violence in the traditions of republicanism in France. I am also beginning research for a second book, What Universal Suffrage Was, which explores revolutionary conceptions of “the voice of the people” forged during the struggle for universal suffrage in France and America. In 2017, I received the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy, and my research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gustave Gimon Collection at Stanford, among others.

At Bard, I teach classes on the history of political thought and various topics in modern intellectual history and European political development.

You can also find me elsewhere on the web. Current papers I am presenting at workshops and conferences can be found on my academia page. My book collection, small but growing, is at librarything.