Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I specialize in political theory and American politics, with research and teaching interests spanning the fields of American politics, the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, constitutional law, religion, global politics, and the ethics of peace and war. In Fall 2022, I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Civil Discourse Project at Duke University.
My dissertation, Fear, Hope, and Love: Apocalyptic Faith and the Origins of Toleration, examines the use and abuse of apocalyptic rhetoric in early modern debates regarding toleration. I bring historical and critical methods to bear on pressing contemporary issues, articulating the need for a political philosophy of the apocalypse that combines hope and patience to provide a framework for the practice of toleration. You can learn more about my research and read an article derived from my dissertation here.
As an award-winning instructor at Carolina, I have taught a wide variety of courses to a diverse and engaged student population. I employ a variety of strategies to help students develop the capacity to evaluate their own political instincts and beliefs, equipping them to become reflective and responsible members of their political communities. My teaching interests span the fields of political theory, public law and civil liberties, American politics, religion and politics, and the theory and ethics of international relations. You can read more about my approach to teaching here, or view course evaluations and sample course materials here.
My commitment to liberal education began as a child in a small town in rural Eastern North Carolina. Though my family’s resources were limited, I was encouraged to see education as an intrinsically valuable pursuit capable of transforming lives and communities. Later, as a student at Berea College in Kentucky, I experienced first-hand the power of education and committed instructors, fueling my desire to make liberal education accessible to students of all backgrounds and walks of life. You can read more about my story and how I aim to cultivate an open, welcoming, and world-expanding classroom environment here.
I am the happy husband of Camille and proud father to Peter and Emma Caroline. When I’m not teaching, reading, or writing, I’m probably spending time with my family in the garden, trying my hand at new recipes in the kitchen, or enjoying the outdoors. You can read more about me here.