About

I am the Meyer and W. Walter Jaffe Assistant Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, where I teach and conduct research within political theory. As a scholar I focus on normative democratic theory and legal theory, especially as they pertain to decision-making processes and institutional design. My current research projects concern constitutionalism, constitution-making, popular sovereignty, legitimacy, and punishment.

My book Constitutional Ratification without Reason (OUP, 2022), focuses on the history, effects, current use, and possible normative justifications for implementing ratification procedures when creating new constitutions. I received my doctorate from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I was advised by Melissa Schwartzberg and Jon Elster, in 2013. Afterwards, I was a prize postdoctoral research fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.