I am the Meyer and W. Walter Jaffe Assistant Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, where I focus on political theory. My research focuses on the assumptions, normative consequences, and origins of various institutional design and decision-making procedures. More generally, I am interested in democratic theory, constitutional design, jurisprudence, history of political thought, legitimacy, political obligation, and punishment.
I received my doctorate from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I was advised by Melissa Schwartzberg and Jon Elster, in February 2013. My book Constitutional Ratification without Reason, forthcoming at Oxford University Press, focuses on the history, effects, current use, and possible normative justifications for implementing ratification procedures when creating new constitutions. Before coming to Brandeis, I was a prize postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.