About Me

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"

-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.