I am an assistant professor of political science at MIT. Before that, I was a junior research fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford. 

My research focuses on the normative challenges that arise in the process of public policy implementation. I am interested in understanding how the organizational environment in which public officials are situated affects their capacity to operate as sound and balanced moral agents.

My first book, When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency, was published by Harvard University Press in September 2017. It explores the everyday moral life of the frontline public workers, or “street-level bureaucrats”, who act as intermediaries between citizens and the state. It received the 2018 Charles Taylor Book Award from the American Political Science Association for the “best book in political science that employs or develops interpretive methodologies and methods,” and it builds on my doctoral dissertation, which won the 2015 Robert Noxon Toppan prize for the best dissertation on a subject of political science at Harvard University.

I am also interested, more broadly, in contemporary political theory, architecture and urbanism, technology and public policy,  and 20-th century European political thought. I have written articles on the attribution of individual responsibility in large organizations, on the political significance of everyday practices of space,  on the relation between performative power and bureaucracy, and on the use of ethnographic methods in political theory.

My work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard.

I hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (2005), and received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2015. Prior to entering graduate school, I was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York (2005-2007).