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.


Portrait of Octavia Butler by illustrator John Jennings

working paper

bloodchild, or the politics of transnational surrogacy

This paper uses feminist science fiction to think about the politics of reproduction under the conditions of inequality endemic to our contemporary moment. I turn to “Bloodchild,” a short story by Octavia Butler, in order to make sense of one of the most normatively troubling phenomena that assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have enabled: transnational surrogacy. Reading “Bloodchild” as a story of reproduction under conditions of inequality illuminates the ways in which transnational surrogacy exemplifies a neoliberal model of reproduction, one that coerces a racial, economic, and gender-based underclass under the guise of choice.