i am lecturer in political theory in the department of political economy, king’s college london
i completed my doctorate at the university of cambridge (2014), after receiving an ma in intellectual history and the history of political thought from the university of london (2010), and a ba in politics, philosophy, and economics from the university of oxford (2008). from 2014-17 i was junior research fellow at king’s college, cambridge.
my doctoral thesis centred upon the political thought of david hume in the context of british debates over the nature of human sociability and moral psychology. i extended this research in my recent book the opinion of mankind: sociability and the theory of the state from hobbes to smith, published with princeton university press. alongside my work in the history of political thought i also research contemporary political theory.

I am presently writing a second monograph, provisionally entitled unnatural and retrograde orders: history and commerce in adam smith’s political thought, as well as conducting a larger research project on the idea of the enemy in political theory.

much of my work has been published, or is forthcoming, in a number of scholarly journals. i also write reviews and articles for more popular audiences. see the separate pages for links and downloadable copies.