Thanks for visiting my website. I'm a Canadian political theorist interested in the intersection between contemporary political theory, the philosophy of law, and debates in comparative constitutional law.
For the 2017-18 academic year, I'll be a Lecturer and Fellow in the Constitutional Law Center of Stanford Law School. I'm currently a PhD Candidate in Public Law and Political Theory in Princeton University's Department of Politics. I expect to defend my dissertation by May 2018.
My doctoral dissertation is titled "Dialogue and Domination: A Theory of Judicial Review". It justifies the institutions and practices of 'weak' or 'dialogic' judicial review in terms of two core concepts in neo-republican political theory: freedom as non-domination and constitutionalism. It also develops a republican theory of practical reasoning about rights. This theory involves a critique of the dominant 'proportionality' approach to rights and contributes to a republican theory of adjudication. I use this theory to analyse the institutional forms and practices of judicial review in three constitutional contexts thought to feature forms of 'dialogic' judicial review: New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
My research interests include:
-Theories of judicial review
-Theories of freedom
-Methods of constitutional interpretation
-Theories of the separation of powers
-The "New Commonwealth Constitutionalism"
-Conflict of Laws
Before I began my PhD at Princeton I earned an MA in political theory at McGill University. I wrote my MA thesis on the role of shame in Aristotle's political theory under the supervision of Prof. Christina Tarnopolsky. I received my BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 2009. I have a keen interest in the History of Political Thought and currently serve as an editor for the journal Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. Outside of academia I have written about Canadian constitutional politics for the National Post and Policy Options.