Biography

I am a political theorist based at Harvard University. In addition to my appointment as Lecturer at the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, I am also a local affiliate and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. I studied Government (high honors) and German at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude) and conducted research on the continuing importance of memory in the former Yugoslavia as a Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving my MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University.

My work focuses on how socially mediated collective memories serve as resources for political innovation in the aftermath of broad historical ruptures. My dissertation, "A New Beginning for Europe: Memory, Rupture and Integration in the Wake of Total War," examined how the memories of two World Wars and the economic, social and political upheavals of the interwar years functioned as cognitive, motivational and justificatory resources for European integration after 1945. My interests include twentieth century continental political thought, especially the work of Hannah Arendt and the Frankfurt School, the origins and development of the European Union (EU), the role of public intellectuals in modern democracies, global governance and transitional justice.

I have previously held appointments as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany, and at the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne,  Switzerland. I have also spent a year at the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).