Welcome! I am a political theorist and currently a Lecturer in American Studies, Political Science, and Women’s & Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. Beginning in the fall of 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. My areas of research include sex, gender, and race in the history of political thought, contemporary feminist political theory, and politics and literature. A complete list of the courses I have offered is available here.
I am currently completing a book manuscript titled The Lost Passions of Republican Thought: Politics and Emotions of the French Enlightenment, that examines the role of emotions in the republican tradition, with a focus on the French Enlightenment. I interpret a wide variety of texts by Montesquieu and Rousseau that consider the emotions related to civic virtue (fear, courage, ambition, and sympathy) in order to demonstrate that a theory of republicanism reliant upon institutional and juridical solutions to assure non-domination is critically flawed. A turn to republicanism’s rich history via new readings of Montesquieu and Rousseau reveals that contemporary republicanism requires the incorporation of citizens’ affective relationship to one another and the nation-state.
A new research project, ‘Intimate Liberties: Spaces of Freedom and Refusal in Feminist Thought,’ traces the theme of refusal in contemporary feminism to its early modern predecessors. Interrogating the ways in which thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries defined the relationship between liberty and resistance, the project aims to expand the scope of liberty as it is conventionally understood in the liberal and republican traditions. Reading works by Mary Astell, John Locke, Damaris Masham, John Milton, and Mary Wollstonecraft alongside contemporary feminist work on refusal, ‘Intimate Liberties’ emphasizes the spatial demands of gender-based freedom by looking at sites that often regulate entry and behavior on the basis of sex, such as the home, the convent, the colony, the sanctuary, the asylum, and Arcadia. Ultimately, ‘Intimate Liberties’ brings its analysis to bear on modern debates about the nature of freedom and what it means to be free to refuse to occupy particular spaces, as well as the freedom to refuse others the right to do so.
In 2017-2018, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Vanderbilt Department of Political Science. 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. I have held the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Clark Dissertation Fellowship at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. I received my PhD in from the UCLA Department of Political Science in 2014.
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