I am a political theorist working at the crossroads of law, ethics, and the history of ideas. My research examines the moral dimensions of democratic politics, with special attention to the ethics of participation and the normative grounding of institutions such as the secret ballot. I also study the relationship between moral principles and institutional design. Methodologically pluralist, I approach these questions through a combination of historical inquiry, conceptual analysis, and critical engagement with empirical social science.
My current book project, Democracy Beyond Disclosure, develops a novel account of the ethics of political secrecy and transparency. I have recently published on political trust and distrust, and at the moment am writing about the problem of dirty hands.
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), where I was a recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for "best dissertation upon a subject of political science."