An introduction to contemporary political thought centered around the ideal of justice and the realities of injustice. Examines what a just society might look like and how we should understand various forms of oppression and domination. Answers are provided by studying three theories of justice (Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Egalitarian Liberalism) and bringing them into conversation with other traditions of political thought. Readings cover foundational debates about equality, freedom, recognition, and power.
MIT, Fall 2018
A survey of contemporary political theory with an eye to questions of concern in social science. Each week is devoted to a political concept and to the normative and interpretive questions surrounding it. Topics include: power, ideology, liberty, justice, equality, recognition, meaning, legitimacy, democracy, and representation.
Political Concepts (PhD Seminar)
MIT, Fall 2018
Architecture, Space, and Politics
Stanford University, Spring 2017
Collective action problems arise when actions that are individually rational give rise to results that are collectively irrational. Scholars have thought in these terms about a wide range of political phenomena. We examine their findings and probe the theoretical foundations of their approach. What does this way of thinking about politics bring into focus, and what does it leave out? What role do formal and informal institutions play in resolving collective action problems? And what if the required institutions are absent? Are we, as individuals, morally required to cooperate even if we expect that others may not play their part?
The Ethics and Politics of Collective Action
Stanford University, Spring 2016
Harvard University, Spring 2013