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Research interests

I have two main areas of research focus – republican political philosophy and contemporary critical theory (French and British post-structuralism, Frankfurt School critical theory, Agonistic democratic theory) – and I am working on how these two domains of political thinking intersect and can be thought in dialogue with one another, both substantively and in terms of the method of political theorising. In my writing I explore the politics of theorising and the role of power and language in the constitution of our political concepts and imagination. More particularly, I am interested in exploring how developments in post-foundational, post-structuralist, black feminist, queer and post/de-colonial critical theorising can help to better understand the ways in which power tries to make subjects out of (some of) us. 

This research has brought me to write about philosophical anti-populism, the subject of non-domination and the politics of practical reasoning in neo-republican political theory. This work is forthcoming in monograph form with Edinburgh University Press in Spring 2024, under the title: 'Philip Pettit and the Politics of Non-Domination – A Post-Foundational Critique'. 

I am also working on a new project that seeks to rethink cosmopolitics in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, climate catastrophe and the historical legacies of colonialism in shaping our current proprietary orders. This project begins with an article that stages a decolonial critique of Seyla Benhabib's critical theory of cosmopolitan democracy. 

 

Scholarly biography

In 2013 I graduated from the then National University of Ireland Galway (now University of Galway) with a BA Joint Honours in Sociology & Politics and History. Subsequently I read for an MA in Political Theory at the University of Essex, before returning to NUI Galway to complete my Doctorate in 2015. Working with Dr Kevin Ryan and Prof Mark Haugaard, my doctoral research centred on the politics of republican freedom, and in particular the political philosophy of Philip Pettit. My thesis offered a post-foundational or anarchic critique of Pettit's neo-republicanism, focusing in particular on the conceptions of the self and political community presupposed by Pettit's politics of non-domination. 

In September 2019 I joined the faculty at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the Univeristy of Limerick, where I taught political philosophy. After two years working at UL, I taught criminology and social theory at the University of Sussex. 

I joined the humanities programme at the University of Brighton in September 2022 as a temporary lecturer in Philosophy, Politics and Ethics.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Galway

1 Sep 20151 Dec 2019

Award Date: 16 Jun 2019

Master, University of Essex

1 Oct 20131 Sep 2014

Award Date: 1 Dec 2014

Bachelor, University of Galway

1 Sep 201031 May 2013

Award Date: 17 Oct 2013

Keywords

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • JC Political theory

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