I am a political theorist specializing in American political thought, literature, and criminal justice. Currently I’m an assistant professor in Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and I’ve also held positions at Georgetown and Duke universities. I received my degree from Cornell.

I research and write on why so many people in the United States confront democratic dilemmas by offering their own life stories through autobiography, slave narrative, prison writing and more. I teach broadly in American political thought, constitutional law, literature, prisons and punishment, on college campuses and in correctional facilities.

My first book, The Claims of Experience: Autobiography and American Democracy, provides a new theory for what makes autobiography political throughout the history of the United States and today. It can be ordered through Oxford University Press or Amazon. The book has been reviewed positively at The Review of Politics, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics.

In my next book I’ll look at the prison writings of authors ranging from Austin Reed to Angela Davis.

I’ve been fortunate to have articles and reviews published in Political Theory, American Political Thought, The Review of Politics, and elsewhere.

The banner above is from George Jackson Lives (1976) by Malaquias Montoya, courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art museum.

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