research overview


Guercino, Death of Lucretia (1640)

book manuscript

the lost passions of republican thought: politics and emotions of the french enlightenment

This manuscript 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 in order to reveals that contemporary republicanism requires the incorporation of citizens’ affective relationship to one another and the nation-state.


Simone Weil's photo ID (1943)

next research project

intimate liberties: spaces of freedom and refusal in feminist thought

This project traces the theme of refusal in contemporary feminism to its early modern predecessors. Interrogating the ways in which thinkers of the seventeenth century defined the relationship between liberty and resistance, the project aims to expand the scope of liberty as it is conventionally understood by attending to voices often excluded from the public sphere and putting them into dialogue with contemporary feminist thinkers.


Henry Neville, The Parliament of Women (British Library E.1150.(5), 1646)

future research project

out of order: misrule in the history of political thought

This project will examine accounts of misrule in the history of political thought, focusing on the ancient and early modern periods. In so far as political tracts about misrule offer parodies of inversion, criticizing “the world turned upside down,” they necessarily comment upon what they understand to be the correct political and social structures, norms, and practices. In short misrule reveals the criteria of good rule.