Madame Roland

Welcome! I am a political theorist and the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for 2016-2017. My research combines the history of political thought and political theory, with a focus on the early modern and modern periods; emotions and politics; and feminist theory.

I have two primary areas of research, both rooted in the history of political thought. The first is politics and emotion, particularly as manifested in the discourses and practices of cosmopolitanism, imperialism, nationalism, and patriotism. I am likewise interested in the role of emotion in founding documents, such as constitutions, and political origin stories. Broadly, my work in this area concerns affective attachments to place: the nation, the state, borders, territory, and postcolonial spaces.

My second 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 women's writing in genres outside the traditional philosophical treatise, such as the literary works of Margaret Cavendish. I also work on contemporary feminist theory, focusing on issues related to embodiment and reproduction; feminist theories of freedom; and feminist epistemology.

My current work, based on my dissertation, examines the role of emotions in the republican tradition, with a focus on the thought of Montesquieu and Rousseau. I also have a strong interest in politics and literature and related subjects, including rhetoric, tragedy, and law and literature, which my next project will engage. 'Tragic Republics' will examine theatrical representations of resistance to authority afforded by the substantive idea(l)s of republicanism in seventeenth-century England.

I received my PhD in Political Science from UCLA 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. I regularly teach classes on the history of political thought, ancient to contemporary, and feminist theory.

You can download my CV here.