Major field: Political Theory
Minor field: Comparative Politics
Fields of study: Political Theory (Disability Studies, Feminist Theory/Thought, Critical Theory, Interdisciplinary Studies, Democratic Theory
Dissertation title: Power and the Politics of Madness: Mental Illness at the Intersection of State and Society
Dissertation chair and committee members: Michaele Ferguson (chair), Steve Vanderheiden, Andrew Dilts
Disertation Description: My dissertation, Power and the Politics of Madness, develops a “politics of madness,” a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary account of mental illness in American politics and society. Through critical engagement with research across the social sciences and humanities, I argue that the mentally ill constitute a politically salient group whose unique socio-political position is largely constituted by mental illness’s instrumentality in enforcing existent inter-group power relations. My work brings much needed attention to an understudied, marginalized group, while also engaging broader questions in the areas of identity, subjectivity, epistemology, and political inclusion and exclusion.
Expected defense date: Spring 2020
Awards (selected): CU Boulder Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Top Graduate Part-Time Instructor, Political Science Research Grant (Large, $2800), Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant
Work Under Review: "Mad Bodyminds in Critical Disability Studies: Reconciling Non-Autonomous Agency with Psychiatric Disabilities" at Disability Studies Quarterly
Teaching interests: political inclusion/exclusion, disability studies, feminist political thought, critical race theory, the history of political thought and theory, democratic theory, and introductory courses in American politics, comparative politics, research design, ordinary least squares regression, and politics and gender and sexuality.