I grew up in Ohio and attended college at the University of Chicago. In 2016 I completed my PhD in political science at Harvard University.
I am a political theorist and historian of political thought. My research has addressed a wide array of subjects, among them: the philosophy of toleration and freedom of opinion; systems of representation; deliberative democracy and theories of deliberation more broadly; early modern natural law theory; the political philosophy of the Enlightenment; the history of utilitarianism; religion and politics; Victorian political thought; and modern French political philosophy.
The Politics of Diversity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (dissertation)
“Lockean Toleration and the Victim’s Perspective,” European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 14, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 76-97.
“Hume’s Low Road to Toleration,” History of Political Thought, vol. 36, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 165-91.
“Reappraising Walter Bagehot’s Liberalism: Discussion, Public Opinion, and the Meaning of Parliamentary Government,” History of European Ideas, vol. 41, no. 2 (Mar 2015): 264-91. Co-authored with Will Selinger
“The Receptions of Élie Halévy’s Formation du Radicalisme Philosophique in England and France,” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 12, no. 1 (Apr. 2015): 197-218. Co-authored with Cheryl Welch
“What’s Not in On Liberty: The Pacific Theory of Free Discussion in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Journal of British Studies, vol. 55, no. 1 (Jan. 2016): 57-75.
“Jean Barbeyrac, Supererogation, and the Search for a Safe Religion,” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 13, no. 1 (Apr. 2016): 1-31.
"James Fitzjames Stephen, John Stuart Mill, and the Victorian Theory of Toleration," vol. 42, no. 3 (Mar. 2016): 364-98.
“The Other Side of Representation: The History and Theory of Representative Government in Pierre Rosanvallon,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory (forthcoming). Co-authored with Will Selinger