I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, having received my doctorate in political theory at Harvard University as a Mellon/ACLS Fellow in 2016. My research grapples with questions in contemporary political theory and practice by drawing from the history of European political thought, social theory, and the interdisciplinary study of religion.
My book manuscript, Deep Solidarity: Liberal Commitment in a Secular Age, seeks to transform debates about liberalism, solidarity, and the role of religious ideas in the history of political thought. Through fresh readings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Jürgen Habermas, Emmanuel Levinas, and Martin Buber, and drawing from social theory, religious studies, and moral psychology, I evaluate two distinct approaches for realizing liberal commitment and motivation, one based in secularization and centered around reason, the other innovating a new approach to religious ideas and stressing the non-rational parts of human psychology. One of my chapters was awarded the Bowdoin Prize, Harvard’s highest award in the humanities. Another received a conference prize for best political science paper. I have previously published about Walter Benjamin, Kant, and Jewish political thought in the American Political Science Review.
At Harvard I have been a Presidential Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics, and Graduate Society Merit Fellow. My work has been supported by the Harvard Center for European Studies and grants from Harvard Center for Jewish Studies and Leob Initiative on Religious Freedom. I graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Yale in 2009.
I have been honored to have been recognized for my teaching with awards and strongly positive feedback: in one course, an overall rating of 5/5 from every student (nineteen total) in my sections; in another, an average of 4.85/5 (twenty-six total students).