I am a political theorist whose research is in the areas of early modern political thought, feminist theory, rhetoric and politics, and democratic theory. I will be joining the Political Science department at the University of Toronto as of July 1, 2016.
My book, Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke's Political Thought is published by Pennsylvania State University Press. My work on toleration, consent, membership, political judgment, social contract theory, affect, and political metaphors of embodiment, femininity, and foreignness can be found in Political Theory, Theory & Event, and the Encyclopedia of Political Thought. I am currently working on a project entitled, "Possessive Individualism Revisited," which considers the history of possession of persons and things as a language for the common-wealth. I am particularly interested in the reversals of claims of private ownership into new claims for publics and common goods.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the history of political thought, feminist theory, contemporary political theory, and language and politics. For descriptions of courses that I have taught, see my Teaching page.
I have previously been on the faculty of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York and held a postdoc at the University of British Columbia.
Take a look at my book here!