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, and one of the hosts of the New Books in Global Ethics and Politics podcast.
My dissertation, “Feeling Political: Affect, Emotion, and Ethics in Western Political Theory,” investigates the significance of emotion and affect in the political philosophy canon and connects the concept of ‘the political’ with ideas of embodiment and a theory of ethics. I develop a method of interpretation informed by affect theory to read Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, Simone de Beauvoir, and twentieth century materialist feminism, examining the under-analyzed import of embodied emotion in their works. The project demonstrates that their accounts of subjectivity and power depend upon notions of how politics and emotion intersect. Attention to this relation generates a political ethics of embodiment that places intersubjectivity at the center of its account. This work intervenes in current debates within political theory regarding the significance of the body and the relationship between politics and ethics. Adopting a perspective that foregrounds embodiment, I demonstrate how the political and ethical domains are mutually constitutive, contrary to many contemporary scholars’ claims that ethical approaches depoliticize theoretical accounts. The project also rethinks the way the political theory tradition is interpreted by making an interdisciplinary move. It enriches the interpretive resources of political philosophy by connecting traditional political theory texts and concerns with recent humanities and social sciences scholarship on affect and emotion. For more information about my dissertation, please go here.