My research is concerned with the conceptual and practical relationship between nature and politics in the context of our ongoing ecological crisis.
I am writing a dissertation entitled “On the Political Uses of Creative Darkness: Nature, Companion Ecologies, Biopolitics.” The basic argument is that reworking elements salvaged from F. W. J. Schelling‘s philosophy of nature helps me formulate a novel theory of the ecologically conditioned subject and propose a creative biopolitics that amends some longstanding concerns about biopower, freedom, and normativity.
For my M.A. (in Philosophy), I studied the concept of the end of history, drawing upon the interrelated projects of Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt. I remain interested in the theoretical foundations of contemporary geopolitics, as well as current developments in this area.
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.
Live research interests include biopolitics, communitarianism, ecopessimism, new materialism, philosophies of nature, science fiction, and, increasingly, security studies.