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I am a political theorist and intellectual historian in Harvard University's Goverment Department.  My research focuses on the early modern period, and in particular, on the writings of Thomas Hobbes.

My dissertation examines Hobbes's contributions to key political concepts such as equality, representation, obligation and democratic ideals. It suggests a novel approach for understanding the uniqueness of the Commonwealth by Institution.

More broadly, I am interested in understanding the psychological dynamics that mediate individual experiences of obedience and agency, as well as the importance of history and legitimacy in different political contexts.

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I worked in the Australian Government, and earned a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.