My research focuses on intersections of ethics, epistemology, metaphysics/philosophy of religion, and political thought in early modernity. However, since I believe that the best way to understand a text is to know its context - e.g., what other philosophers were writing during the time, who they considered a friend or foe, what they read, who was reading them, and the sociopolitical climate - my research often overlaps with major and 'minor' figures in the early modern period who also deal with these philosophical problems. This includes but is not limited to Hume, the Stoics/Neostoics, Descartes/Cartesianism, Jacqueline Pascal, Leibniz, Spinoza, Princess Elisabeth, Mary Shepherd, and the Hartlib circle.

At the moment I am exploring the role of custom in Blaise Pascal and Hume, Mary Shepherd's Teleological Argument, and Jacqueline Pascal's pre-Kantian account of autonomy.