I am a political theorist and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. As apart of my work for the Hayek Program I host Virtual Sentiments, a podcast featuring conversations with scholars and practitioners reflecting on the ethics and politics of technology.
My work synthesizes the history of political and economic thought and contemporary democratic theory. My research interests also include liberalism, critical theory, the ethics and politics of technology, and feminist theory. My work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science and Political Theory.
In my current book project, I examine the power dynamics of seeing and being seen, experiences central to our lives online and off, by retrieving models of spectatorship and surveillance from the history of political thought. Being seen exposes us to the scrutiny of others, but it can also empower us, as those on the public stage influence what others see, think, and feel. While the philosophical figures I study lived centuries ago, their works illuminate questions concerning accountability, inequality, and privacy that twenty-first century technology renders newly urgent.
I earned my PhD from Georgetown University's Department of Government in 2019. I also have a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, where I minored in Film Studies and Russian Language. I'm a Jersey girl, photographer, and Simpsons fan (seasons 1-10).