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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Toronto Mississauga (and Graduate Department of Political Science, University of Toronto), July 2017-Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2009-June 2017

Visiting Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, August 2012-June 2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Political Theory Project

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, July 2007- June 2009


University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Ph.D. in Political Science, December 2007    

M.A. in Political Science, June 2003

King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History, May 2001

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

B.A. in Political Science, May 1999



An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain.  Princeton University Press. August 2016.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“The Beehive and the Stew: Prostitution and the Politics of Risk in Bernard Mandeville’s Political Thought.” Polity 47 (2015): 61-83.

 “The Risks of Political Authority: Trust, Knowledge and Political Agency in Locke’s Second Treatise.” Political Studies 59 (2011): 580-595.

Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Books

“‘In Those Old Days:’ The Old and the Aging in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home.” A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Eds. Shannon Mariotti and Joseph Lane. The Political Companions to Great Authors Series. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, November 2016.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“The Entanglement of Profit and Loss: Risk and the Language of Insurance in Early Modern Political Thought,” Risk and Media, eds. Bishnupriya Ghosh and Bhaskar Sarkhar. London: Routledge. Forthcoming September 2019.

J.G.A. Pocock’s The Machiavellian Moment,” The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, ed. Jacob Levy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online first. November 2018.

Review Essays

“Michael Frazer’s The Enlightenment of Sympathy: Justice and the Moral Sentiments in the Eighteenth Century and Today.”  The Adam Smith Review 7 (2011): 210-216.

“Rousseau, Social Alienation and the Possibility of Generative Critique: A Review Essay.” C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas 15.1 (2009): 228-234.

Other Writing

“Introduction.” Symposium for Dennis Rasmussen’s The Pragmatic Enlightenment: Recovering the Liberalism of Hume, Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaire. The Adam Smith Review, forthcoming October 2017. (Guest editor for this symposium, featuring contributions by Christopher Berry, Keegan Callanan, Michael Frazer, and Dennis Rasmussen)

“Commercial Society,” “Bernard de Mandeville,” and “Mercantilism.” Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Ed. Mark Bevir. London: Sage Publications Ltd (2010): 236-237, 842-843, 876-878.

Honors and Awards

Invited Participant, Folger Shakespeare Library Research Seminar: “Debating Capitalisms,” Washington, DC, January 2015-May 2015.

Society Fellowship, Cornell University Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, August 2012-June 2013.

Summer Stipend, Research Scholar Grant Program, Vanderbilt University, 2012.

Madison-Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2012.

Robert H. Birkby Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2012.

Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2011-2012.

Mellon Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2006-2007.

Horton-Hallowell Fellowship, Wellesley College, Summer 2006.

Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, Summer 2006.

Grodzins Prize Lectureship, for course “Medieval Political Thought: ca. 1250-1525,” University of Chicago, 2006-2007 (declined for Mellon).

Dissertation Teaching and Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Division, University of Chicago, 2005-2006.

Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, Junior Fellowship, 2004-2005.

Joseph Cropsey Prize for Best M.A. Thesis in Political Theory and the History of Political Thought, University of Chicago, May 2003.

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, with honors in Political Science, Wellesley College, May 1999.