My current book project, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Freedom and Disobedience in Twentieth-Century America, examines the practices of freedom and experiments with nonviolence pursued by mid-century activists in the civil rights, anti-war, and women's liberation movements, and their lessons for contemporary debates concerning civil disobedience and democratic citizenship. Below are a selection of related working papers and recent talks. Some working papers can be made available upon request.
- Recent media commentary: in "Is America Descending into Political Violence Again? I Asked Twelve Experts" at Vox; panel discussion, "Is America on the Verge of a Second Civil War?" at The Current on CBC Radio 1.
- My essay on the political philosophy of Steve Bannon now available at Jacobin, with further discussion on the topic at The New York Times.
- The first review of Damn Great Empires! is in at Contemporary Political Theory
Recent and Upcoming Talks
- "Gandhi and the Genealogy of Civil Disobedience," Philosophy and Social Science. Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 2017
- "Gandhi and the Genealogy of Civil Disobedience," Riot, Refusal, Refuge. Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Brown University. April 2017
- "Two Cheers for Populism," Department of Classics. Cornell University. October 2016.
- "Reconstructing Civil Disobedience: Pragmatism and Making Problems Public," Transformations of Civil Disobedience. Barnard College, Columbia University. May 2016
- "The Cost of Liberty: Du Bois's John Brown," Imagining Violence: The Politics of Narrative and Representation. ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop. Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, April 2016
- "Means, Ends, and the Politics of Coercion," Towards an Ecological Society: The Tenth Annual Alfred North Whitehead Conference. Pomona College, June 2015
- "Means, Ends, and the Politics of Coercion," Making Social Science Pragmatic. University of Oregon, May 2015
- Articulating Politics: An Authors-Meets-Readers Conference. University of Chicago, April 2015
- "Consent and Noncooperation in Thoreau's Political Thought," Political Theory Workshop, Department of Government. Cornell University, October 2014
- "Rorty, Du Bois, and the Political Theology of American Exceptionalism," Summer Institute in American Philosophy. University of Oregon, July 2014