About Me

I currently live in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Before that I spent two years learning the difference between tomato-, mustard- and vinegar-based barbecue in Durham, North Carolina while working as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. In 2014 I earned my PhD in Government from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, after several hard-fought long winters.


I’m broadly interested in the history of American political thought and the mutual influence of democratic politics and literature in the United States and elsewhere. I’ve published in Political Theory, American Political Thought, and soon in The Review of Politics. I’m currently beginning research on American prison writing . I’ve designed and taught courses on politics and literature, incarceration, autobiography and American democracy, the history of American citizenship, and – surprisingly – the science fiction show Battlestar Galactica.

While not studying political theory, I enjoy guitar, hiking, ornithology, video game criticism, comedy podcasts, building computers, and learning more about beer and bourbon. Now that I’ve upgraded to a mirrorless camera, I’m also working on the basics of nature photography.