I am a political theorist and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University.

In the 2017-2018 academic year I will be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values (Princeton University).

My research agenda is centered on the problem of racial, gender, and religious difference within political theory. Questions that animate my research include: How is difference constructed politically? What are its effects on democratic politics? How does attending to difference require us to conceptualize basic concepts of political theory—including freedom, democracy, and cosmopolitanism—differently?

I address this core concern through two main projects. The first project looks at different normative dimensions of the political theory of immigration with particular attention to the cases of the United States and France.

A second project considers how structures of domination built upon a hierarchy of races condition cosmopolitan projects through a joint reading of Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant and U.S. black intellectual W. E. B. Du Bois.

At Ohio State I hold courtesy appointments from Comparative Studies, Germanic Languages & Literature, History (Power and the State Constellation), Latina/o Studies, and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


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