About

 

I am an incoming Assistant Professor (Fall 2021) at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. My scholarly interests are in contemporary political thought, civil liberties, and jurisprudence. My current research explores future challenges to human flourishing (such as climate change, AI, and transhumanism) and how a liberal egalitarian political theory might address them. My teaching interests are in constitutional law, modern and contemporary political thought, and the history of liberalism. A theme of my courses is translating rigorous theoretical knowledge into practices that build solidarity among citizens, promote human flourishing, and resolve systemic threats to both.

 

I completed an M.A. (2018) and a Ph.D. (2019) in political science at the University of California, Davis. My dissertation explored the concepts of civic friendship and citizen relations in contemporary liberalism with a specific reference to the political philosophies of Kant and Rawls and the jurisprudence of Dworkin. Before my graduate work, I attended law school at The George Washington University Law School (2012). I then practiced commercial litigation until 2015 in Washington, DC, at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP (now Faegre Drinker), a national law firm.

 

Above all, I love to work with intellectually curious people, and I am a fearless defender of my campus communities. Please feel free to contact me with questions or research interests!

 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

University of California, Davis
Ph.D., political science | 2019
M.A., political science | 2018
Fields: political theory/philosophy; constitutional law; jurisprudence

The George Washington University Law School
J.D., law | 2012
Fields: constitutional law; critical legal theory; jurisprudence
Editor-in-Chief, The George Washington International Law Review, 2011-2012

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Political Science
Assistant Professor (constitutional law & political theory) | beginning Fall 2021

California State University, Monterey Bay; Humanities & Communication
Lecturer (full-time, law & political thought) | 2019-Present

California State University, Sacramento; Political Science
Lecturer (part-time, law & political thought) | 2016-Present

University of California, Davis; Political Science
Instructor (part-time, law & political thought) | 2015-2019

LEGAL PRACTICE

Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Associate/Law Clerk | 2011-2015
Areas: commercial litigation, antitrust review, appellate practice

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

State Bars
District of Columbia
Virginia
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

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  • Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic.

    - John Rawls -

  • It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

    - Jean-Jacques Rousseau -

  • How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.

    - Immanuel Kant -

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Under R&R
“Justice as Friendship: Fraternity in Rawlsian Liberalism” in Contemporary Political Theory

Under Editorial Review
“The Kingdom of Friends: A Kantian Theory of Citizen Solidarity”

“‘An Age Where Lawyers Rule’: The Late-Modern Lawyer as True Politician in Weber’s Religiopolitical Framework”

In Progress
“Rawls, Primary Goods, & Restorative Justice within Liberal Egalitarianism”

“Apatheism: A Primer”