About Me

I am a political theorist and historian of political thought. Currently, I am a Harper-Schmidt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences 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 manuscript, Democracy and Plutocracy: Italian Elite Theory and the False Premise of American Political Science, 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 European Journal of Political TheoryJournal 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.