(Updated January 2019)
I am a senior lecturer in the departments of Law (Migration Law section) and Political Science at Vrije University Amsterdam.
Previously, I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam. I was also a Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Previously to those positions, I was a Lecturer in Practical Philosophy at Maastricht University (2014-17).
From 2012-14 I was a Max Weber Fellow at the EUI. In 2012-13 I was affiliated with the History and Civilization Department where I worked with professor Dirk Moses. In 2013-14 I was affiliated with the Political and Social Science Department where I worked with professor Rainer Bauböck. At the EUI, I taught Ph.D. seminars in the history of ideas and in contemporary political philosophy.
My Ph.D. (2013) is in Politics from the New School for Social Research. My major was in political theory (high honours) and my minor was in comparative politics. My doctoral studies were carried out under the supervision of professors Nancy Fraser, Andreas Kalyvas, and Banu Bargu. While writing my Ph.D. thesis I also studied at Queen Mary where I worked with professor Quentin Skinner. I also hold a M.A. and a M.Phil. from the New School (Politics) as well as a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh (Nationalism Studies).
My Ph.D. thesis was on the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. It focused on language, epistemology, rhetoric, and the spectacular practice of sovereign power. The thesis was awarded the 2013 New School for Social Research Commencement Award--the school's highest honor--"in recognition of Ph.D. research that is of the highest quality and the excellence of the dissertation".
I work on both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory. My work clusters around three topics. The first cluster is in the history of political thought with a focus on Hobbes. I have written on questions of obligation, rhetoric, and law, and I am currently preparing articles on other topics and a manuscript. The second cluster focuses on theories of non-domination in various applied contexts. I am interested in how old republican ideas can be recalibrated to address contemporary political puzzles such as surveillance, privacy, migration, and sanctuary cities. Finally, I'm interested in remittances and political theory. There is an enourmous amount of work to be done on this topic. Presently, I'm studying certain theoretical aspects related to migration ethics and global justice.