Welcome to my website. I am the the Jack Miller Center Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My research centers on passions and the history of political economy, especially eighteenth century moral and political theory and the works of Adam Smith. I am currently finishing revisions on my book manuscript, Resentment and Justice, which argues that spectatorial resentment enables justice and the recognition of equal moral and political right.
As a political theorist interested in the history of political thought, my work addresses these questions primarily through exegesis of primary texts, but I am also broadly interested in relevant empirical research on the role of passions in political life. I have done extensive archival work with rare books and manuscripts, including work on the marginalia in Adam Smith's library at the 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.