Research

Journal Articles

Hume’s ‘Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth’ and Scottish Political Thought of the 1790s,’” History of European Ideas 48, no. 1 (2022), 78-96

David Hume’s Balancing Act: The Political Discourses and the Sinews of War,American Political Science Review 115, no. 1 (2020), 69-81

State of the Field: The History of Political Thought,” History 105, no. 366 (2020), 470-83. Co-authored with Max Skjönsberg

Political Theory and American Literature: a Guide through the Archive,” Political Theory (online, 2020)

A Tribune Named Niccolò: Petrarchan revolutionaries and humanist failures in Machiavelli’s Florentine Histories,” History of European Ideas 44, no. 8 (2018): 1046-62. Co-authored with Michael Darmiento

Catilinarian Cadences in Machiavelli’s Florentine Histories: Ciceronian Consensus and Corrupted Humanism,” History of Political Thought 39, no. 3 (2018): 439-64

Book Chapters

“Reconstructing Oceana: Hume’s ‘Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth’,” in Hume’s Essays’ A Critical Guide, edited by Felix Waldmann and Max Skjönsberg (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)

“Death and Taxes in Machiavelli’s Florentine State,” in People Power: Popular Sovereignty from Machiavelli to Modernity, eds. Christopher Barker and Robert Ingram (Manchester University Press, 2022)

“‘Sinecures which could be held by girls’: Margaret Oliphant and Women’s Labour,” in Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation, and the New in Women’s Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s, vol. 2, eds. Adrienne Gavin and Carolyn Oulton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 213-28

Selected Presentations

"Hume on Slavery," Political Theory Colloquium, University of Virginia, Sept. 2022

“David Hume and the ‘Euthanasia’ of the Regime,” Workshop series on “The Politics of Decadence,” International Institute for Cultural Enquiry, University of Exeter, Feb. 2022

“David Hume’s Court of Competitors,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sept. 2021

“Death and Taxes in Machiavelli’s and Cavalcanti’s histories of Florence,” Renaissance Society of America, April 2021

“David Hume the Harringtonian in 1790s Scotland,” Institute for Historical Research Early Careers Seminar in the History of Political Ideas, Oct., 2020

“Oceana’s ‘marriage bed’: James Harrington and spousal relations,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sept. 2020

“David Hume’s ‘mercenary strangers,’” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 2019

“Hume and Machiavelli,” David Hume as a Reader: The Authors who Provoked Hume, Susan Manning Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh, May 2019

“Public Credit and the Sinews of War: Machiavelli in Hume's Political Discourses,” International David Hume Society, University of Nevada, July 2019

“Machiavelli’s Florentine Histories and the Ciceronian Conceit,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2017

“John Milton, Quentin Skinner, and the Problem of Political Poetry,” Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Oct. 2015