I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, and public law & jurisprudence. My dissertation develops principles that I argue should guide efforts to practice recognition, in order to achieve the promises of the politics of recognition and avoid its perils. It is a work of contextual political theory that engages with the politics of apology for historical injustice and the politics of representation and recognition at museums of human history and anthropology in the United States and Canada. My dissertation committee is Sarah Song (chair), Wendy Brown, Taeku Lee, and Kathryn Abrams (Law). My primary research interests include identity and belonging, citizenship and democratic membership, multiculturalism, and race and ethnic politics. I am also interested in imperialism in political theory, feminist theory, and legal philosophy.
At Berkeley, I participate actively in the Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory and the Canadian Studies Program. My doctoral research has been supported by the Edward Hildebrand Fellowship in Canadian Studies (2015-18) and a Doctoral Fellowship (2012-15) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In 2015-16 I was co-president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association and a delegate to the Graduate Assembly.
Before coming to Berkeley, I worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Canada, most recently at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the area of Aboriginal Affairs. I hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2008), where my work was supported by a SSHRC Master's Scholarship and I was a Junior Fellow at Massey College. I also hold a B.A. in Politics (Honors) and Economics from Oberlin College (2007).