About Me

I am a political theorist and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. My research interests combine 20th century European social, economic and political theory with the history of American political science. Additionally, I work on modern theories of political economy, the history of capitalism and Renaissance political thought. 

My dissertation, “Elites and Democratic Theory: The Italian School of Elitism, American Political Science, and The Problem of Plutocracy” recovers and contextualizes the Italian School of Elitism (Mosca, Pareto and Michels), and traces how its normative and methodological contributions were transformed by Anglo-American political science in the post-war period. Articles stemming from this project can be found in the Journal of Politics and Critical Review.  

I have also worked extensively on Renaissance political thought. I translated four of Francesco Guicciardini’s political treatises (three of which had never appeared in English) for the volume Florentine Political Writings from Petrarch to Machiavelli (University of Pennsylvania 2019), which I edited with Mark Jurdjevic and John P. McCormick.  

Previously I was the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow and a Stigler Center Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before entering the doctoral program, I received an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in History and Political Science (honors) from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude).