I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University and a 2020-2022 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Williams College.
My research is situated in the study of revolutionary movements, nation-building, popular political thought, and post-colonial projects in the Americas. My dissertation, entitled “Imagining America: International Commiseration and National Revolution in the Modern Post-Colony” traces the emergence of Pan-American discourse and its influence on popular insurgency movements during the Age of Revolutions (c.1775-1830). I argue that American actors used Pan-American discourse as a vernacular tool that deployed notions of hemispheric unity to delineate an emerging body politic set on subverting colonial power. My project follows case studies in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and the United States, as they interacted with similar republican movements in Haiti and France, to demonstrate that actors used Pan-American discourse to legitimize resistance against empire and reinforce the possibility of independence. Further, I demonstrate that indigenous peoples, slaves, mulattos, and other “common actors” used Pan-American rhetoric to demand egalitarian reforms in both pre- and post-independence contexts, including the abolition of ethnic caste systems, slavery, and land tenure monopolies. The emergence of hemispheric rhetoric, in turn, transformed republican language to better address problems of stratification and institutional inequalities among American actors. I follow these episodes of popular insurgency by using archival materials that illustrate the vernacular character of Pan-American discourse, these include pamphlets, poems, manifestos, legal reports, and visual materials deployed by popular actors. In doing so, my project attempts to expand the boundaries and peoples that comprise American Political Thought.
My research in American Politics focuses on public opinion, voter attitudes, identity formation, and open-ended data methods. My recent work with Benjamin Page, Thomas Ferguson, and Jacob Rothschild considers the importance of open-ended data analysis in measuring voter attitudes, issue saliency, and the inherent ambiguities of political language.