Welcome! I am a political theorist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University for 2017-2018, where I teach courses on democratic theory; feminist theory; and modern political thought. My research combines the history of political thought and political theory, with an emphasis on eighteenth-century political thought; emotions and politics; and feminist theory.
I have three primary areas of research, the first of which is republicanism. I am currently completing a book manuscript, based on my dissertation, and tentatively titled The Lost Passions of Republican Thought: Politics and Emotions of the French Enlightenment. In it, I examine the role of emotions in the republican tradition, with a focus on the French Enlightenment and, specifically, the thought of Montesquieu and Rousseau.
My second area of research is politics and emotion, particularly as manifested in the discourses and practices of imperialism, nationalism, and patriotism. I am likewise interested in the role of emotion in founding documents, such as constitutions, and political ‘origin stories,’ such as accounts of the state of nature in works by early modern thinkers such as Hobbes and Locke. Broadly, my work in this area concerns affective attachments to community and place.
My third area of research is feminist political theory and the history of women in political thought. I am especially interested in questions of citizenship and participation in early modern and Enlightenment feminism, as well as the conservative feminism of figures such as Mary Astell. I also work on contemporary feminist theory, focusing on issues related to feminist theories of freedom; embodiment and reproduction; and work and labor.
I also have a strong interest in politics and literature and related subjects, including rhetoric, tragedy, and law and literature, which my next two projects will engage. ‘Tragic Republics’ will examine civil disobedience in the republican tradition, focusing on representations of resistance to authority afforded by the substantive idea(l)s of republicanism in seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature. "Intimate Liberties" will interrogate the ways in which proto-feminist thinkers in the seventeenth century defined the principles and practices of liberty by examining writings originating from four sites of debate: the convent, the home, the school, and the courts.
I received my PhD in from the UCLA Department of Political Science in 2014. I have previously been a visiting assistant professor with the Whitman College Department of Politics and a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science. In 2016-2017, I was the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center, where I taught in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. I regularly teach classes on the history of political thought, ancient through contemporary, and feminist theory.
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