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My research is concerned with political despair and resilience strategies.

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 biopower, ecofascism, and sociobiology. I use the analysis to develop a speculative communitarian theory of what I call post-apocalyptic forms of life, as well as a number of practical strategic recommendations. Major discourses and figures treated include Schelling, the twin historical traditions of philosophical and scientific ecology, and the Italian biopolitical theorist Roberto Esposito.

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

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 ecological devastation. How perceived or real conditions of existential threat and political decay affect late modern subjects strikes me as especially relevant to us today. Otherwise, live research interests include Wilfred Bion, the concept of security, existential risk management, Machiavelli, the philosophy of technology, the politics of work, political conditions in Somalia, posthumanism, process philosophy, science fiction, and Weimar period thought.