I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. My work is situated at the intersection of the history of political thought, the history of the emotions, and secularization studies. Fundamentally, I am interested in how our emotional habits condition our responses to political phenomena. My dissertation, Modern Politics of Wonder: A Contest of Orders, excavates and analyzes how wonder has been used by modern political thinkers in a supposedly disenchanted world to establish and sustain political institutions such as the sovereign state and the market economy. From Hobbes to Arendt, I find a subterranean debate on the proper conceptualization and use of wonder in modern political life. Other longstanding interests include continental political theory, the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, aesthetics and politics, republicanism, American political thought, and the political thought of Hannah Arendt.
I hold an A.M. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago (2012) and a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Kansas (2010). My work has appeared in Political Theory and has been awarded the Swarr Prize for the best unpublished research paper written by a graduate student in the UCLA Political Science Department in 2017-2018. Since 2017 I have served as the Assistant Book Review Editor for Political Theory. For 2018-2019 I will be on a dissertation year fellowship at UCLA.