My research focuses on American political thought, with an emphasis on social movements, law, and social change. The broad goal of my research is to better understand the development of American political ideas and culture from the eighteenth century to the present. I explore how ideas change over time by focusing on what has been called “history from below” and social movements like abolitionism, the civil rights movement, feminism, and radical right movements. ?
My new research project continues to look at American political thought but with an emphasis on opting out from democratic politics. I am investigating the ethics of exit, in part by looking at extreme forms of political withdrawal such as Brook Farm, the Oneida Community, and the Shakers, and Walden Two Communities.
In addition to my interest in American political thought, I also teach and write about morality and politics, and feminist theory. I earned my B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College and my doctoral degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.
“The Prudent Resistant: Un-Heroic Resistance in Sophocles’ Antigone,” forthcoming, The Review of Politics.
“Selling Out?: Solidarity and Choice in the American Feminist Movement,” introduction to symposium entitled “Women’s Choices and the Future of Feminism,” Perspectives on Politics (contributors: Michaele Ferguson, Nancy Hirschmann, Lori Marso, and Claire Snyder-Hall), March 2010.
“Come a Little Closer: Citizens, Law, and Identification,” Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 5, no. 2 (2009), 216-227. http://lch.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/2/216
Uncivil Disobedience: Studies in Violence and Democratic Politics, Princeton University Press, 2008.
“Panacea or Palliative? An Analysis of the National Police Corps Program,” with Milton Heumann and Judithanne V. Scourfield, Handbook of Global Legal Policy, Stewart S. Nagel, ed. (Marcel Dekker, 2000), 429-445.