About me…

I am a lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary University of London. My work draws, productively and at times uncomfortably, from both agonistic political theory and a critical reading of Deweyan Pragmatism. I am preoccupied with questions of how we might know and pursue goodness and justice in our political lives, especially in a world beset with profound problems. I am also co-convenor and chair of the BISA Ethics and World Politics Working Group, details of which can be found here.

For the past several years I have focused on the use of human rights in diverse political movements, in effort to take the measure of both their limitations and their promise for a more radically democratic world. My latest research project builds on previous work I did on the human right to housing in the USA, by considering the more radical idea of a Right to the City as way of rethinking, and fighting for, justice in the contemporary global city. This site collects details of my various writings, information on my past and current research projects, and notes for my teaching.