I am a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My areas of interest include political theory, American political thought, feminist and queer theory, and most recently, religious thought as political thought.
I have taught classes in Contemporary Political Theory; American Political Thought; and Sexuality, Religion, and Politics at Brooklyn College and served as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
My dissertation, entitled Feeling God: The Political Thought of 21st Century Evangelicalism, explores the political thought of evangelicalism in the early 21st century. Social scientists have written about evangelical influences on Christian right policy in the late 20th century, but how has evangelicalism shifted theoretically in the new millennium? My dissertation focuses on an evangelical revival that began in the late 1990’s and continues today, transforming the movement from a policy-driven politics to an ontologically driven politics. Thus, this revival seeks to reestablish evangelicals as primarily spiritual rather than political beings. Looking at the political theory that underpins the revival, I argue that contemporary evangelicals have an atypical philosophy of time that is both apocalyptic and teleological; a theory of being that focuses on perfectibility and purposiveness; and a concept of personhood in which the individual is capable of attaining heaven-on-earth through an emotional-spiritual relationship with God.