Can today’s liberal democracies continue to justify a robust right of religious liberty, understood as protecting and promoting a distinct good of religion? Confronted with growing pluralism about human values, how should such regimes understand both the value of religion and the range of legal protections it justifies? These are the animating questions of my dissertation in political theory, which engages literatures at the nexus of legal philosophy, normative political theory, and the sociology of religion.
Alongside my dissertation, I am pursuing research interests in public law and the history of political thought through two working papers, including (1) an analysis of Supreme Court opinions on associational religious liberty rights; and (2) a treatment of theoretical roots for religious liberty in pre-modern political thinkers.
As fitting for an undergraduate alumna of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (a core texts program), I have deeply enjoyed teaching Princeton students as a preceptor. I am competent to teach introductory courses in political theory and constitutional interpretation and upper level courses in ancient and medieval political thought.
“The Roots of Religious Freedom in the Thought of Augustine and Aquinas,” in Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars: Essays in Honor of Robert Araujo, S.J., ed. Stefanus Hendrianto, S.J.
Selected Honors and Awards
George Kateb Preceptor Award (Princeton University, 2017) for top-ranked teaching
Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship (University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, 2017-2018) for academic achievement and promising dissertation research
Religious Freedom Project Fellowship (Berkley Center, Georgetown University, 2016) for promising dissertation research
Harvey Fellowship (Mustard Seed Foundation, 2014-2017) for scholarly achievement and potential