I am a political theorist, having recently earned my PhD from Georgetown University's Department of Government. Currently, I am a 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, democratic theory, political ethics, the role of emotions in politics, and comparative political theory. In my current book project, I examine the power dynamics of seeing and being seen, experiences central to our contemporary lives online and offline, by retrieving models of political spectatorship from thinkers such as Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, and Thomas Hobbes. 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.
Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, I received 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.