I am a political theorist with some radical notions about how far we can go in introducing democracy into all our practices and thinking. I am an enthusist of radical individualism, sustainable localism, participatory politics, deliberative democracy, and non-sovereign political philosophy--that is, political thinking developed from the ground-up by citizens, not passed down by intellectuals, experts, authority figures, and political rulers (you'll have to read my book on Hannah Arendt to learn more on that).
In my academic research, I study modern, contemporary, continental, and environmental political theory. My current research focuses especially on the realist trend in political theory, with particular attention to its relevance to critical theory. Because political realism has often tended in centralized and conservative directions, I am working to develop a brand of realism that is immanently democratic and participatory, anchored in conclusions drawn about essential human political capacities and the contemporary modern situation. My research has appeared in the European Journal of Political Theory and is forthcoming in Polity. I also have published scholarly commentary in Ethics, Policy & Environment and Perspectives on Politics. In 2016, my book, Arendt’s Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship, appeared with the University of Pennsylvania Press. I received my Ph.D. at Duke University in 2014. From 2014-2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow in U.W.-Madison's Department of Political Science. I have taught classes on radical political economy, modern ideologies, environmental politics and political theory, and Hannah Arendt.