I specialize on issues of founding and refounding, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and social movements in Latin America. I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of political orders, the significance of constitution-making and the law in processes of extraordinary politics, and the role of popular power and "the people" in enacting and legitimating radical political change. I recently published a book on foundings titled Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in an Age of Constitutional Democracy (Oxford University Press 2017), which received the First Book Award, Honorable Mention, from the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association. Following on this book, I am working on a new project on indigenous protest and resistance against natural resource extraction focusing on the cases of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru.
Area of Study:
- Political theory
- History of Political Thought; Critical Theory; Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America; Comparative Constitutionalism
- Political Science