(Updated January 2019)
I am a senior lecturer in the Departments of Law and Political Science at Vrije University Amsterdam.
Previously, I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam. I was also a Research Fellow at the EUI in Florence. Previously to that I was a Lecturer in Practical Philosophy at Maastricht University (2014-17).
From 2012-14 I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. In 2012-13 I was affiliated with the History and Civilization department where I worked with Dirk Moses. In 2013-14 I was affiliated with the Political and Social Science department where I worked with Rainer Bauböck. At the EUI I taught Ph.D. seminars in the history of ideas and in contemporary political philosophy.
I have a Ph.D. (2013) in politics from the New School for Social Research. My major was in political theory (high honours) and my minor was in comparative politics. My doctoral studies were carried out under the supervision of professors Nancy Fraser, Andreas Kalyvas, and Banu Bargu. I also hold a M.A. and a M.Phil. from the New School (Politics) as well as a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh (Nationalism Studies).
My Ph.D. thesis was on the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes with a focus on language, epistemology, rhetoric, and the spectacular practice of sovereign power. The thesis was awarded the 2013 New School for Social Research Commencement Award "in recognition of Ph.D. research that is of the highest quality and the excellence of the dissertation".
I work on both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory.
In the history of political thought my main focus is on Hobbes. I have written on questions of obligation and law, and I am currently preparing a series of articles and a manuscript on various other aspects of Hobbes's thought.
My other project is a series articles on neorepublicanism focusing on questions of applied ethics, such as surveillance, migration, and sanctuary cities. I am interested in how old neorepublican ideas can be recalibrated to address late-modern political puzzles.