Educational Background

  • B.A., Bucknell University
  • M.A. and Ph.D., The Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

The primary areas of my research are early modern British political culture, contemporary Anglo-American political theory, and methods of inquiry in the history of social thought.

My primary aims as an instructor are to develop students' abilities to think conceptually and critically and to improve their capacities to write grammatically correct, clear, and compelling prose.

Courses Typically Offered

  • POLS 254 Sex and Social Order, W2
  • POLS 261 Twentieth-Century American Legal Thought
  • POLS 256 Social and Political Ethics, W2
  • POLS 251 Early Modern Political Thought
  • POLS 290 Toleration, W2
  • POLS 262 Topics in Legal Thought: Interpreting the Law

Selected Publications

"Critical Cases: The Malleability of Health and Justice." In The Patient, ed. Harold Schweizer and Kimberly Myers. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2010.

"Improbable Liberalisms: 'Servil Copulation' and Domestic Liberty in Locke and Milton." The Review of Politics 63, no. 1 (2001): 77-105.

"The Limits of Logic: A Critique of Sandel's Philosophical Anthropology." Philosophy and Social Criticism 25, no. 4 (1999): 81-102.

"The Ethical Individual: An Historical Alternative to Contemporary Conceptions of the Self." American Political Science Review 90, no. 1 (1996): 90-102.

"Herder's Theory of Cultural Diversity and Its Postmodern Relative." In Nationen und Kulturen. Zum 250. Geburtstag Johann Gottfried Herders,edited by Regine Otto, 191-206. Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 1996.

"Milton's Casuistry: The Case of The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce." Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 22, no. 3 (1992): 393-428.

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