The Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Ph.D., Department of Political Science
Political Theory, Law and Politics

Harvard University (2002)
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Christianity and Culture

Amherst College (1999)
A.B., magna cum laude with Distinction
Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies


Arizona State University (2012 – Present)
Barrett Honors College
Senior Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow (2019 – Present)
Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow (2012 – 2019)

Valparaiso University (August 2010 – August 2012)
Christ College—The Honors College
Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Humanities and Political Science

Scholarly Activity



“On the Environmental Violence of Modernity:  A Reading of Thoreau’s Walden”
Western Political Science Association, San Diego (March 2016)

“Sanctuary and the Limits of Sovereignty:  A Critique of Agamben”
Western Political Science Association, Seattle (April 2014)


Panel, “Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life”
Western Political Association, Los Angeles (April 2020)
* Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 *

Panel, “Climate Change and Ecological Ruin”
Roundtable, “The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory by Ira Allen, Author Meets Critics”
Western Political Science Association, San Diego (April 2019)

Panel, “Planetary Politics”
Association for Political Theory, Haverford/Bryn Mawr/Swarthmore, Pa. (October 2018)

Panel, “Embodied Politics (Race, Sex, and Other)”
Western Political Science Association, San Francisco (March 2018)

Panel, “Law as Democracy, Law as Violence”
Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, B.C. (April 2017)

Panel, “Christian Concepts, Earthly Practices”
Western Political Science Association, San Diego (March 2016)

Panel, “Religion and Faith”
Association for Political Theory, Boulder, Colo. (October 2015)

Panel, “The French Paradox: Becoming-Animal as Domination and Emancipation in French Political Thought”
Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas (April 2015)


Homo Sanctus:  Theology and Sovereignty in Agamben and Benjamin” (in progress)

“Thoreau, Modernity, Violence, Sustainability’” (in progress)


Review of Lessons from Walden:  Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy by Bob Pepperman Taylor (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020),  Review of Politics (in progress)

Review of Spinoza’s Revelation: Religion, Democracy, and Reason by Nancy K. Levene (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Law, Culture and the Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 3 (November 2005)

Fellowships and Awards

Arizona State University

Finalist, Centennial Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate and Professional Student Association (2018)
Recipient, Apple Polisher Mentor Award, Devils’ Advocates (2017, 2015)
Recipient, Distinguished Mentor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Residential College (2014)
Inaugural recipient, Exemplary Mentor of the Year, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Residential College (2014)

Recipient, SUN Award:  Serving University Needs (2018)

Johns Hopkins University
Dean’s Prize Freshman Seminar Teaching Fellowship, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (2009)
Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (2007 – 2008)
Graduate Fellowship, Department of Political Science (2002 – 2007)
Foreign Language Fellowship, Department of Political Science (2005 – 2006)
George E. Owen Scholars Fellowship, Department of Political Science (2003 – 2006)
Women’s Studies Fellowship, Humanities Center (2002 – 2003)

Amherst College
John Woodruff Simpson Fellow in Political Science (2002 – 2003)
George Stebbins Moses Fellow in Divinity (2000 – 2002)

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Washington, D.C.
Morris Fellow, Office of the Congressional Liaison, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, Department of Health and Human Services (1998)


Arizona State University (August 2012 – Present)
Honors Freshman Seminar:  The Human Event I (earliest times to c. 1600)
Honors Freshman Seminar:  The Human Event II (c. 1600 to present)
Honors Seminar:  Are Humans Special? (environmental theory)
Honors Seminar:  Marx
Honors Seminar:  Nietzsche:  Power, Ethics, Religion

Valparaiso University (August 2010 – August 2012)
Honors Seminar:  Emerson and Whitman
Honors Freshman Program Seminar:  Texts and Contexts I:  Traditions of Human Thought
Honors Seminar:  Interpretation:  Self, Culture, and Society
Honors Seminar:  Problems in Political Philosophy:  Justice
Judicial Process:  Morality, Interpretation, Democracy, Social Change
The Human Experience (General Core)

Johns Hopkins University (2003 – 2009)
Freshman Seminar:  The Politics of Interpretation (Instructor)
The Politics of Love, Self, and the Other (Instructor)
Hermeneutics and Politics (Instructor)
Senior Thesis Seminar:  International Studies and Political Science (Instructor)
Classics of Political Thought (Teaching Assistant)
American Constitutional Law (Teaching Assistant)



Arizona State University
Faculty Search Committee (2020 – 2021)
Faculty Search Committee (2019 – 2020)  * Search cancelled due to COVID-19 *
Curriculum Committee (2013 – 2015, 2019 – Present)
Promotions Committee (2019 – Present)
Honors Thesis Workshops Committee (2016 – Present)
Recruiting Committee (2015 – Present)
Admissions Committee (2013 – Present)
Office of National Scholarship Advisement Committee (2012 – Present)
30th Anniversary Oral History Project (2018 – 2019)
Inclusion Initiatives:  Students of Color (Asian Pacific Islander American) (2017 – 2020)
Normal Noise (honors student magazine), faculty advisor (2013 – 2019)
Best Essay Prize Committee, juror (2016 – 2018)
Personnel Committee (2015 – 2016)
Faculty Searches, supporting participant (2013 – 2016)

Scholarship and Fellowship Advisement Committee, Office of the Provost (2012 – 2015)


Western Political Science Association
Environmental Political Theory Section, co-chair and conference section co-organizer (2015 – 2016)

American Political Science Association
Religion and Politics Section, Weber Best Paper Award Committee (2014 – 2015)


Last updated:  6 June 2021.