115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall
I’m pursuing a combined PhD in political science and philosophy, with a focus on political philosophy, political economy, and ethics. My formal training has been the PhD programs in Political Science (entire program), Philosophy (entire program), and Economics (first year and one second year specialization); as well as three semesters worth of Divinity School courses and two semesters worth of Law School courses.
My research interests revolve around Aristotelian normative thought and the formal aspects of institutions.
The center of these research interests is a set of three research agendas. Together they propose an Aristotelian alternative to the dominant Weberian (monopoly of legitimate violence) and Schmittian (friend-enemy distinction) theories of the state.
The first of these three research agendas is an argument for republican rule (understood as the self-rule of free and equals as a collective) as distinctive of the state, while being one of several kinds of rule or governance (each of which can be exercised properly by the state).
The second research agenda is an argument for the public sphere as the place where honor-glory (understood as living a life worth remembering) is present. Hence the public sphere provides for three virtues that are unique of the state: magnificence, magnanimity, and honor-loving.
The third research agenda of the Aristotelian theory of the state set is an argument about the state’s dependence on an underlying rich fabric of social relations, which I call (following Aristotle) the self-sufficient association.
Apart from the Aristotelian theory of the state research agendas, I am developing three other research agendas: one of Aristotelian normative thought and the other two of the formal aspects of institutions.
The Aristotelian normative thought research agenda is about vice and viciousness. In particular the characteristics proper to viciousness as a character-type distinct from merely having vices (vice-ridden).
The first of the institutional research agendas is about the formal aspects of ecclesiastical institutions, with a focus on medieval, early Christian, and early modern ones. In particular the difference between distinct kinds of religious orders and the structure of the clerical orders.
The second institutional research agenda is about the incentives faced by Supreme Court justices based on different institutional designs. In particular the different effects of life-tenure versus term-limits, focusing on a comparative analysis of US and Mexico.
Before coming to Yale, I was a lecturer at ITAM’s economics department and a researcher at CNA Education. My previous studies were at Stanford, where I completed an MA in philosophy and undergrad programs in political science, economics, and public policy.