I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science (political theory and international relations) and Women’s Studies at the The Graduate Center, CUNY. My interests include modern and contemporary political theory, emotion and affect, feminist theory, queer theory, Foucault, and feminist international relations. I work as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Hunter College, CUNY, where I work with the Reading and Writing Center and Political Science Department to provide writing support and workshops to students enrolled in Political Science courses. I also work as a Fellow at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at The Graduate Center, and have taught courses in Political Theory and American Politics in the Political Science Department at Hunter College, CUNY.
In my dissertation, “Feeling Political: Affect, Emotion, and Ethics in Western Political Theory,” I argue that whereas political theory often obscures the realm of the emotional by constructing politics as rational and disembodied, theorizing politics must instead closely engage the emotional circuits that work to constitute political bodies and collectivities. I posit that the stakes of the Western political theory canon have always been emotional, and that emotions and affect flow throughout the accounts of politics and political life by Hobbes, Marx, Arendt, and Beauvoir. My project, responding to a lack of attention to the work that emotion and affect do in their theories, engages in emotional readings of these thinkers in order to intervene in debates over three recurring questions in the Western political theory canon: first, the composition of political subjects; second, the generation of political collectivities; and third, the question of political power. Taken together, these three axes of argumentation demonstrate the vital force of embodied emotion and affect in the tradition of political theorizing. Unlike dominant modes of understanding and analyzing the Western political theory canon, I assert the inextricable centrality of emotions to these traditions of thought. To do so, I make an interdisciplinary move, turning to contemporary scholarship across multiple disciplines on emotion and affect in order to generate careful readings of these theorists individually and to suggest a general need for a more intensive encounter with the emotionality of the Western political theory canon. Ultimately, my project contends that the circulation of emotion and affect are inextricable from any understanding of politics and political life, and are substantial, dynamic concerns for Hobbes, Hegel, Marx, Arendt, and Beauvoir. For more information about my dissertation, please go here.