I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University. My work focuses on the themes of economic inequality and oligarchy in the history of political thought. My book, John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy, draws on John Adams's treatises, essays, and letters to uncover an unfamiliar theory of the political power of wealth.
I hold a Ph.D. from Yale University and I have previously taught political theory at American University as a postdoctoral fellow at the Political Theory Institute. I am currently teaching "Contemporary Civilization," a year-long course in Columbia's Core Curriculum that explores primary texts in the history of political philosophy.
Book: John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy
Article: “Fear of the Few: John Adams and the Power Elite.” Polity 47.1 (January 2015).
Interview with "Course of Human Events," a blog of the Harvard University Declaration Resources Project