About me

I am a political theorist working on a range of themes including the politics of satire and ridicule, the political thought of Edmund Burke, and the history of abolitionism. More recently I am also interested in the politics of future generations.

I completed a BA in politics and philosophy at University College Dublin before leaving for England to complete a Masters degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics.  Following a brief period working in Brussels, I travelled to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship and received a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University in 2013 for a dissertation on the politics of enthusiasm in Shaftesbury, Hume, and Burke.  From 2009 to 2012 I served as Assistant Editor of Political Theory: an International Journal of Political Philosophy. Before arriving at Dublin City University in 2023 I taught at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the University of Exeter in the UK.