I am a political theorist and intellectual historian in Harvard University's Goverment Department.  My research spans historical and contemporary political philosophy, including questions regarding political obligation, power, religion, and the institutional underpinnings of democracy.

My dissertation examines the writings of Thomas Hobbes, and especially his most famous work, Leviathan. I advance a novel approach for understanding the work's central idea, the Commonwealth by Institution. In doing so, I reevaluate Hobbes's contributions to key political concepts such as equality, representation, honor, and consent.

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.