I am a political theorist and an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. My areas of research include sex and gender in the history of political thought (especially in the 17th and 18th centuries), contemporary feminist political theory, and politics and literature. I also have a longstanding interest in the political thought of the French Enlightenment.

In 2018-2019, I was a lecturer in the American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Master of Liberal Arts and Science Programs at Vanderbilt University. I was previously a visiting assistant professor with the Vanderbilt Department of Political Science and the Whitman College Department of Politics, as well as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science.

I have held the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Clark Dissertation Fellowship at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. I received my PhD in from the UCLA Department of Political Science in 2014.


PhD, UCLA Department of Political Science (political theory), 2014

MA, UCLA Department of Political Science (political theory), 2008

BA, Vassar College, Political Science and French and Francophone Studies, 2005


“Moving Hearts: Cultivating Patriotic Affect in Rousseau’s Considerations on the Government of Poland,” Law, Culture and the Humanities 15.2 (2019): 497–515. DOI: 10.1177/1743872116656112

“Fear, Liberty, and Honourable Death in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 28.4 (2016): 623-644.


Freedom Beyond Rights: A Genealogy of Political Freedom in Feminist Thought (research project)

The Lost Passions of Republican Thought: Politics and Emotions of the French Enlightenment (book manuscript)

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