I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science (political theory) 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, and neoliberalism. I also work as a Fellow at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at The Graduate Center. I have taught courses in Political Theory and American Politics in the Political Science Department at Hunter College, CUNY. In 2014-15 I was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Hunter College, CUNY, working with the Reading and Writing Center and Political Science Department to provide pedagogy development for political science faculty as well as writing support and workshops to students enrolled in Political Science courses; see here for more about my teaching and pedagogy. I am a co-founder and co-host of the Always Already Podcast, a critical theory and political theory podcast.
In my dissertation, “Feeling Political: Affect, Emotion, and Ethics in Western Political Theory,” I address the under-analyzed and undervalued force of emotion and affect in the political theory canon and seek, through a re-reading of four canonical theories, to contribute to a political ethics of embodiment. I engage in an affective interpretation of this constellation of theorists – Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, materialist feminism, and Simone de Beauvoir – in order to explore two related questions: what work, precisely, do emotions do in the history of the Western political thought canon, and how might attention to emotion and affect in the canon generate an embodied political ethics? This project contends that the circulation of emotion and affect are substantial, dynamic concerns for Hobbes, Marx, materialist feminism, and Beauvoir – concerns that are inextricable from any understanding of ethical and political life. However, political theory has thus far too often overlooked increasing interdisciplinary attention to emotion and affect in the social sciences and humanities. By turning to affect theory and its attention to thinking through embodiment, materiality, and sensation, and relationality, I place the dynamic, sensing, feeling body at the center of political theorizing. Doing so connects politics and ethics in a way that moves towards an embodied political ethics of materially interacting relational bodies. For more information about my dissertation, please go here.