Research

My research focuses on conflict in democratic politics. My work on agonistic politics and democratic theory considers similar questions in fields including Ancient Greek political thought, Black intellectual history, and American cultural and political history.

 
 
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Agonism, ancient and contemporary

My dissertation investigates the concept of agonism, engaging with contemporary agonistic political theory's engagement with liberal democracy, before retracing the steps of agonism through it's original ancient Greek context, closely reading of text in the classical tradition, including works from Homer, Thucydides, and Euripides.


Agonism and Voting Rights

Throughout the history of the United States, enfranchisement has been a contested issue, leading up to the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Since then, and especially after Shelby County v. Holder (2013), however, voting rights remain contested in various regions of the country, with implements aimed at strategically disenfranchising certain voting blocs, usually along racial lines. This project seeks to broaden the scope of agonistic politics through an interpretation of conflict around disenfranchisement in the 20th century, and beyond.

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Photos: "Democracy crowning Demos," ca. 337 B.C., Athens, Agora Museum; "We Demand the Right to Vote, Everywhere," Selma, Alabama, March 12, 1965, Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress.