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 Arnold Böcklin,  Isle of the Dead : Third Version, 1833

Arnold Böcklin, Isle of the Dead: Third Version, 1833

Welcome! I am the Klemens Von Klemperer Post Doctoral Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. I received my PhD in Political Science from UCLA in 2016, where I was also a lecturer teaching courses in Political Theory. My research is situated in the dialogue between ancient and modern political thought. I explore how these bodies of thought complement and provoke one another; and how their interactions are productive for contemporary political theory. At the most general level my work is concerned with the power of narrative to enable democratic activity in extreme political conditions. I thus draw on literary and historical works in addition to canonical political thought in my research. My manuscript project, based on my dissertation, “Mortal Democracy: Confronting Death in Political Life” reflects this interest. Mortal Democracy develops several accounts of death as a part of ancient and modern political life, elaborating how these narratives enable or suppress democratic practices. My secondary research project, still in its early stages, views the proliferation and popular success of (super) heroic films since 9-11, and the political discourses these stories generate, as occasions for democratic or anti-democratic politics. With training in both Greek and Latin, I specialize in classical Greek political theory, tragedy, and the ways these are received, especially in 19th and 20th Century political thought. I also have longstanding research and teaching interests in American political thought, continental political theory; utopian theory and the intersection of politics, literature, and film. I currently teach political theory courses at Bard College and with the Bard Prison Initiative.