I’m an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where I teach political theory.
My work studies how revolutionary popular agency is expressed in political thought and visual culture, with an area focus on modern French political thought and intellectual history. In my book, The Virtues of Violence: Democracy Against Disintegration in Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2020), I explore why popular agency frequently expressed itself as regenerative violence in France’s long nineteenth century. My current book project, The Dreamworlds of Mass Democracy, reconstructs 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.