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Currently, my research is concerned with the ecological crisis and political despair.

I am writing a dissertation, prospectively titled “On the Political Uses of Creative Darkness: Nature, Companion Ecologies, Biopolitics.” The basic argument is that reconsidering F. W. J. Schelling‘s philosophy of nature ultimately allows me both to formulate a novel theory of the ecologically conditioned subject and to propose a creative biopolitics that dispenses with some longstanding concerns about authority, biopower, and freedom. My analysis allows me to develop a speculative communitarian theory of what I call post-apocalyptic forms of life, as well as nine practical strategic recommendations.

For my M.A., I studied concepts of the end of history, drawing upon the interrelated projects of Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt. I remain interested in contemporary geopolitics.

I also follow the applications and implications of developments in political theory sometimes called the new materialisms, particularly insofar as they relate to our contemporary era of environmental devastation. How perceived or real conditions of existential threat and political decay affect late modern subjects strikes me as especially relevant for us today. Otherwise, live research interests include Wilfred Bion, the concept of security, Machiavelli, the philosophy of technology, the politics of work, posthumanism, process philosophy, risk management, science fiction, warfare, the Weimar period, and xenofeminism.