As a scholar of American political thought, I research why and to what effect historical actors and movements ground their claims for justice in personal experience. My work recovers genres like autobiography, slave narrative, and prison writing as the everyday and extraordinary appeals to popular authority and representation not found in state or electoral politics. My first book looks at the works of Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Emma Goldman, and Whittaker Chambers; in my next book I’ll look at the prison writing of authors ranging from Austin Reed to Angela Davis. I’ve been fortunate to have my work published in Political Theory and American Political Thought.
I am currently an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Before that I served as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University’s Program in American Values and Institutions, and before that I earned my degree from Cornell University in the Department of Government. Between the three, I’ve learned to love just about every climate the east coast can offer!
This humble website should provide you information on my research and teaching interests. Feel free to contact me with any inquiries; thanks for visiting!