I’m a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I have recently defended my PhD dissertation, “Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Historical Capitalism,” in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. During the 2019 Fall term I will teach Classics of Social and Political Thought at the University of Chicago’s Center in Paris.
My research bridges political theory and social history by focusing on the entangled development of global capitalism, empire, and racial slavery since the seventeenth century. 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 and confronting its longstanding structures of economic and racial domination. My second project, Badlands of Utopia: 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 on social and political thought 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 social and political theory, from Aristotle to Max Weber.
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