I’m an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where I teach political theory, modern intellectual history, and European political development.
My research investigates the various ways revolutionary popular agency is expressed, with an area focus on modern French political thought and intellectual history. In my forthcoming book, The Virtues of Violence: Democracy Against Disintegration in Modern France (Oxford University Press, March 2020), I explore why popular agency frequently expressed itself as regenerative violence in France’s long nineteenth century. In my second book project, What Universal Suffrage Was, I reconstruct revolutionary conceptions of “the voice of the people” forged during the struggle for universal suffrage in France, its Empire, 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.