About Me

Thanks for visiting my website. I'm a Canadian constitutional 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.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, I'll be a non-resident fellow at the Constitutional Law Center, but will also take up a postdoctoral fellowship in the Queen's Faculty of Law.  I recently completed my PhD in Public Law and Political Theory at Princeton University's Department of Politics in May 2018. 

My current book manuscript project is titled "Dialogue and Domination: A Theory of Judicial Review".  It was featured in the University of Wisconsin's "First Book" Manuscript Workshop in April 2018.  The book offers a new republican way of understanding traditional debates about the legitimacy of judicial review and bills of rights by examining how different forms of dialogue, i.e. inter-institutional interactions between courts and legislatures, could be more or less democratically just in different constitutional contexts.  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.  The project also shows how the idea of dialogue is not only relevant to such Westminster systems, but to 'departmentalist' ways of understanding the United States' Washington style separation of powers.  

My over research interests include:  

-Theories of judicial review

-Theories of freedom

-Methods of constitutional interpretation

-Theories of the separation of powers

-The "New Commonwealth Constitutionalism"

-Rights theory

-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.