I am currently a Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching courses in political theory, democracy, and justice. I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the University Center for Human Values and the Program in Values and Public Life. Before coming to Princeton, I received my Ph.D with distinction in political science from Brown University and my A.B. from the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. My research and teaching in political theory focus on democratic theory, theories of economic justice, global justice, ethics and public policy, and the history of political thought (esp. Kant, Locke, and Madison). I have multiple refereed publications, including a forthcoming article at the Journal of Politics, an article published in the Review of International Political Economy, a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Global Economic Governance, and a review article on Rawls and the justice of corporate governance in the Business Ethics Journal Review.
My book project, The Right to Democratic Accountability, addresses the global crisis in democracy. Governments are becoming more authoritarian as they shut down courts, silence the press, undermine the rule of law, and persecute minorities. Yet these governments claim to be democratic, because they hold elections. At the global level, democracy is in decline as more decisions are being made in foreign states and international organizations. Democracy is thought to apply only to the state's relation to its own citizens, and not to global decisions.
In my book, I argue for a conception of democracy that places greater emphasis on accountability. To be democratic, it is not sufficient for governments to be elected by a majority. Democratic accountability requires that governments respect the rule of law, justify their policies in inclusive public deliberation, recognize the equal rights of minorities, and uphold freedom of speech, press, and dissent. I show that democratic accountability is owed as a human right, and this right is crucial to defending democracy from the rise of elected authoritarians. Drawing on Kant and Habermas, I demonstrate that because democratic accountability is owed to all of the people who are subject to decisions, it must be extended to the global policies of states and international organizations. I explain how this is possible while avoiding the infeasibility of world government and the insularity of strictly national democracy. The theory of global democratic accountability that I develop in my book recaptures the value of democracy from the challenges of authoritarianism and globalization.
My second area of research concerns the justice of the global financial system. Many theorists of global justice have focused on international trade. The fairness of the global financial system, however, tends to be overlooked, even though it greatly affects economic inequality. For example, the dollar's privilege as the international reserve currency results in a wealth transfer from poor countries to the United States that exceeds the value of all development assistance and foreign aid, according to the UN Commission of Financial Experts. Drawing on both normative political theory and empirical political economy, my research asks how the global financial system can be structured more fairly to satisfy principles of distributive justice. This work builds on my publications, including my article for the Review of International Political Economy and my book chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Global Economic Governance.