I’m a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago where I am also a Graduate Fellow in the Social Sciences Research Center. My research bridges the history of political thought and contemporary political theory by focusing on the global development of capitalism, racial slavery, and imperialism in the modern Atlantic world. With the support of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, I will defend my Ph.D. dissertation, “Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Historical Capitalism,” in September 2019.
Charting an original narrative of the historical relationship between global capitalism, racial slavery, and modern political thought, my research offers new conceptual frameworks for understanding capitalist modernity and confronting its longstanding structures of domination, especially as these relate to questions of poverty, inequality, and racialization. Funded by fellowships from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture as well as the Nicholson Center for British Studies, my dissertation draws on extensive archival research from collections across the UK and Sweden.
Since 2016 I have taught undergraduate seminars on social and political thought, from Thomas Hobbes to Hannah Arendt, in the Social Sciences Core Curriculum. As part of the Arts and Sciences Summer Program, I have co-taught interdisciplinary classes, with faculty in English and Anthropology, that reconsider the idea of the city through seminal works in political theory and literature, from Aristotle and Charles Baudelaire to Max Weber and Virginia Woolf.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, I co-founded the Historical Capitalisms Workshop with faculty from the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. In the 2018-2019 academic year, I served as the co-coordinator of the Historical Capitalisms & Social Theory Workshop.
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