Department and Program Affiliations:
I'm a political theorist who focuses on the history of European and American political thought, especially in the 20th century, as well as contemporary political theory.
Current research project:
I'm finishing a long-term study of Hannah Arendt's classic 1958 book “The Human Condition,” called “Politics Against Rule: Hannah Arendt and ‘The Human Condition.’” I'm also one of the general editors of a new critical edition of Arendt's collected writings, which is planned to include 17 volumes, in both print and open-access digital formats; the first volume will appear in 2019.
- Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, 2006-2018
- Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, 1999-2006
- Ph.D., Political science, Harvard University, 1999
- B.A., Political science and philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
Last book read:
“Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World,” by Sam Moyn
In your own time/when not working:
I'm an avid cyclist (road and mountain), a cook, and an habitué of farmers' markets and antiquarian bookstores.
Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Government 1615, Introduction to Political Theory. At my previous institution, the introductory course to my field was taught in a small seminar format, rather than as a big lecture, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of making political theory gripping for a large audience!
What most excites you about Cornell:
I'm excited to be part of an institution that, though privately endowed, has a strong sense of public purpose.