Broadly, my research interests include the history of modern political thought (17th-20th century African, Asian and European diasporic), comparative political theory, and intellectual history. I focus primarily on questions concerning empire, religion & politics, and international law.
Article & Working Papers
- “Montesquieu’s Paradoxical Spirit of Moderation: On the Making of Asian Despotism in De l’esprit des lois” Political Theory 46.6 (December 2018), 915-937.
- “Of the Meaning of Progress – DuBois on Leadership, Japan, and Global Democracy.” (in preparation)
- “Law, Trade, and the Problem of Poverty in the Celestial Empire” (in preparation)
- “The Burden/Blessing of Civilization – Creolizing Rousseau & Fukuzawa on Social Progress (in preparation)
An Appeal to the World: Universalism, Particularism, and Domination in the Political Thought of Montesquieu, Wei Yuan, and Du Bois (manuscript in preparation)
My research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mustard Seed Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association, among others.