I’m a political theorist and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. My research bridges contemporary political theory and social history by focusing on the entangled development of global capitalism, the British empire, and racial slavery since the seventeenth century. I hold a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge.
My current book manuscript, Factories of Modernity: Global Thought in the Capitalist Epoch, argues that the factory system acted as a decisive yet under-recognized stage for international political thought and practice in the Atlantic world from 1688 to 1807. From this historical study, I develop a new conceptual framework for understanding contemporary capitalism by confronting its longstanding legacies of exploitation and expropriation as pressing political problems, especially as these relate to racialized patterns of poverty and inequality in our present. My second project, Badlands of Utopia: Political Theory and the Lost Futures of Work, will explore the ways in which notions of idleness, laziness, and waste were rooted in a conceptual grammar of economic crisis and moral panic upon which a diverse array of British utopian thinkers and projectors relied to articulate their visions of model societies from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.
At the University of Chicago, I teach undergraduate seminars in the Social Sciences Core sequence “Classics of Social and Political Thought.” In the fall of 2019 I was a faculty fellow at the University of Chicago’s Center in Paris. As part of the Arts and Sciences Summer Program, I have co-taught interdisciplinary classes to high school students, with faculty in English and Anthropology, that reconsider the idea of the city through seminal works in social and political theory, from Aristotle to Henri Lefebvre. From 2016 to 2018 I was a lecturer in the Social Sciences Core sequence “Power, Identity, and Resistance.” In the Spring of 2016 I was invited to teach a graduate seminar at the New School for Social Research that connected the history of new media art with critical theories of capitalist society.
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