I am a political theorist and Senior Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
My research interests include the history of political thought, liberalism and its critics, democratic theory, the role of passions in politics, and the ethics and politics of technology. My work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and is forthcoming at 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 political spectatorship from Enlightenment thinkers. 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 insights resonate with questions of accountability, security, and privacy that twenty-first century technology renders newly urgent.
I earned my PhD in from Georgetown University's Department of Government in 2019. I also have a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, with minors in Film Studies and Russian Language. In my free time, I'm an avid photographer and Simpsons enthusiast.