Before coming to UMass Amherst, I earned my BA in Philosophy and Political Science and then my MA in Political Science at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
My main interests lie in the History of Political Thought as well as Contemporary Social and Political Theory. Recently, I have been thinking about processes of subject formation, and what psychological, social, and political forces are at play in such processes. If it is the case that a number of forces outside of our influence are at play in subject formation, then I wonder the degree to which we may be able to think about what it means to be an 'authentic' subject, insofar as 'being authentic' is a phrase indicative of our involvement in the shaping of our own subjectivity.
I am also interested in existential philosophy, the philosophy of education, critical theory, feminist theory, and Marxist thought. Writers who have great influence on my thought include Rousseau, Marcuse, Heidegger, Tocqueville, and Foucault.
- Political Science