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I am a political science PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, I completed a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. There I focused on political philosophy and worked as a graduate assistant for the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law program. I have a publication forthcoming in Economics and Philosophy on the need for character in James Buchanan’s political economy and I received the prestigious Tanner Award for teaching as a graduate student.

My research interests sit at the intersection of political theory, political economy, and civil society. I pay particular attention to how institutions are arranged to help individuals pursue various conceptions of the good life, and how this relates to questions of self-governance. I am fascinated with three nested questions: (1) How can individuals best pursue their various conceptions of the good life? Given that individuals with similar visions of the good life will coordinate to pursue that life together, (2) which institutional arrangements are conducive to their good life? And, (3) operating in a liberal, market-oriented society, how can these oft ‘illiberal’ civil institutions best interact? Those three questions orient my reading and study of political theory.

Beyond my research, I devote time to engaging others in music, poetry, and the philosophy of religion. I am an avid listener of funk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music, and an enthusiastic (if inadequate) jogger.