Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and faculty associate in the Native American Studies program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My research and teaching interests are in the subfield of political theory, with a special focus on the politics of settler colonialism in North America (19th-20th c.), Native American and Indigenous Political Thought, and the politics of race and empire. Before coming to Michigan, I taught classes in political theory at the University of Minnesota, where I completed my PhD in Political Science in October 2016. You can view my academia.edu website here and my CV here.
I am currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Remapping Sovereignty: Indigenous Political Thought and the Politics of Decolonization, which draws on archival research to ask how the political thought of Indigenous activist-intellectuals has reshaped central concepts of sovereignty, land, and citizenship across democratic and critical theory. The book brings together critical and democratic theory with Indigenous Studies by reconstructing the diverse entry points into the politics of decolonization of three Indigenous thinkers reflecting on the settler-colonial context of modern North America: Vine Deloria Jr (Standing Rock Sioux), George Manuel (Secwe̓pemc), and Howard Adams (Métis).
I am also beginning work on a second project that reconstructs the concept of “underdevelopment” through the anti-colonial lens of thinkers like the Guyanese scholar Walter Rodney as a response to the roots and reproduction of global inequality. The idea behind this project is to construct an alternative both to mainstream approaches to development that offer a positive, overly universalist idea of development-as-modernization as well as overdrawn post-development critiques on the left that leave pressing dilemmas of poverty and inequality unresolved.