I am a political theorist working at the crossroads of applied ethics, law, and the history of ideas. My research examines the moral dimensions of democratic politics, with special attention to the ethics of participation (including the ethics of office) and the normative grounding of institutions such as the secret ballot and judicial review. I am particularly fascinated by the relationship between ethical principle and institutional design. Methodologically pluralist, I approach these questions through a combination of historical inquiry, conceptual analysis, reflective equilibrium, and critical engagement with empirical social science and comparative law.
My dissertation, Democracy Beyond Disclosure, develops a novel account of the ethics of political secrecy and transparency. This research forms the basis of my current book project. I have recently published on political trust and distrust, and at the moment am writing about the problem of dirty hands. My next major project will examine the ethics of constitutionalism.
A graduate of Oberlin College (BA 2007) and Harvard Law School (JD cum laude 2013), I recently completed doctoral studies in political theory in Harvard’s Department of Government (PhD 2017).