Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My research centers on moral psychology and the history of political economy, especially in eighteenth century moral and political theory and in the moral, economic, and political thought of Adam Smith. My first book, Recognizing Resentment, argues that spectatorial resentment enables justice through the recognition of equal moral and political right. (Hear more about the book on The Political Theory Review and the New Books Network!)
As a political theorist interested in the history of political thought, my work addresses my research questions primarily through exegesis of primary texts, but I am also broadly interested in relevant empirical research on the role of emotions in political life. I have done archival work on this marginalia in Adam Smith's corpus at the University of Tokyo, University of Glasgow, Kirkcaldy Library and Museum, and National Library of Scotland, and on various eighteenth century historical texts at Humboldt University. In summer 2017, I was a short-term fellow at the Huntington Library.
I am currently at work on a series of new projects about Judith Shklar's skeptical liberalism.