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Welcome! I am a lecturer in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics and Department of Political Science at Yale University. My research and teaching interests include the history of political thought, constitutional theory and practice, the philosophical dimensions of political economy, business ethics, American political development, African-American political thought, and the political thought of slavery and abolition. The guiding theme of my scholarship is the tension between liberty and order. I am the author of Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy¬†(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). My current book project,¬†The Idea of Civil Society in African-American Thought, is an examination of African-American thinkers’ perspectives on the idea of civil society in its political, social, economic, and religious dimensions. I also have forthcoming articles and chapters on:

  • Adam Smith’s imperial political and economic thought
  • Eric Voegelin’s engagement with the idea of property in American constitutional law
  • The connection between philosophy and the paper money of the French Revolution
  • The political philosophy of taxation from the perspectives of Churchill, Burke, Oakeshott, and Nisbet

I was the 2020 winner of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, awarded annually to one young scholar conducting research on the connection between liberty and virtue. I live in Connecticut with my wife and two daughters. I enjoy rooting for Boston sports teams and playing Scrabble, chess, and pickup basketball in my spare time.

 

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