Senior Lecturer
University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
  uspjsa@nus.edu.sg
(65) 6516 4065

 

Areas of Interest:

Sovereignty; state violence; political legitimacy and authority; philosophical anarchism; Continental political theory; the Continental/Analytic “divide”

Publications:

“Philosophical Anarchism and the Paradox of Politics”, European Journal of Political Theory, first published online December 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1474885114562976

“Morality and Contingency: A Response to Jones” Global Discourse, first published online September 2014, DOI: 10.1080/23269995.2014.962350

“Arendt’s Jeremiad: Reading On Revolution in a Time of Decline”, Review of Politics 76:3, July 2014

“A response to Martel’s ‘Amo: Volu ut sis: Love, willing, and Arendt’s reluctant embrace of sovereignty’”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 38:6, July 2012

“Should Death do us Part?: Singular Bodies and Ethical Responsibilities” Theory and Event 11:4 December 2011.

“Laughter, Judgment and Democratic Politics” Culture, Theory and Critique, 50:1, April 2009.

“Oedipal Sovereignty and the War in Iraq” in States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment and Letting Die, eds. Austin Sarat and Jennifer Culbert, Cambridge University Press (April, 2009)

Current Research:

State Violence and Moral Horror (single-authored book manuscript, under review)

“Caught in Penelope’s Web: Transformations of the Concept of Life from The Human Condition to The Life of the Mind” (under review)

Across the Great Divide: ‘Continental’ and ‘Analytic’ Political Theory (book length project, research and writing stage)
Projected Chapters (and current state of completion)
1) “Philosophical Anarchism and the Paradox of Politics” (complete)
2) “Cavell, Consent and State Violence” (complete)
3) “Pettit and Arendt on Freedom I: The place of control” (complete draft)
4) “Pettit and Arendt on Freedom II: Status or Action” (writing phase)
6) “Authority, Value, and Equal Moral Status: Nietzsche and Christiano” (not yet begun)
7) “Rawls and Derrida: Two Kants, Two Justices” (not yet begun)
8) “Real(ist) Justification” (not yet begun)

Presentations:

“Freedom as Non-domination or Non-Sovereignty: Arendt and Pettit” to be presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 2-4 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Towards a New Arendt: The Concept of Life in The Human Condition and The Life of the Mind”, presented at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference, September 28-October 1, 2014, Sydney, Australia.

“Across the Great Divide: ‘Analytic’ and ‘Continental’ Political Theory”, Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 17-19, 2014, Seattle, Washington.

Chair and discussant, Rationality and Politics, National University of Singapore, April 11-12, 2014.

“The Horror of State Violence”, presented at Millennium Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, October 20-22, 2012.

“State Violence and Moral Horror”, presented at Rethinking Resistance, University of Macau, Macau, China, December 16-18, 2011.

Discussant, “Chinese Thought and its Conditions for Generalizability”, Workshop on Chinese Thought as Global Social Theory, National University of Singapore, December 8, 2011.

“Singular Bodies and Ethical Responsibilities”, invited lecture in the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, March 24, 2011

“The Decline of the American Empire”, roundtable organizer, panelist and chair, American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., September 2, 2010

“Beyond Procedural Justice: Cavell and Derrida”, presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2010

Chair, “Merleau-Ponty and Politics”, panel at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 1, 2010.

“Should death do us part?”, presented at the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 20, 2009

Discussant, Symposium on Loneliness as a Way of Life by Tom Dumm, February 6, 2009, Johns Hopkins University

“The Skepticism of the Actor”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston MA, November 14, 2008.

Discussant, Giulia Sissa’s Sex and Sensuality in Ancient Greece, Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Johns Hopkins University, November 12, 2008.

“Oedipal Sovereignty and the War in Iraq” Presented at the Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, November 2, 2007.

“The Best is Never to Have Been Born: Arendtian Natality and Wrongful Life.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown University, March 23-24, 2007.

"Tragedy in Hobbes: Thought and Delusion; Death and Sovereignty." Presented at the Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, October 13, 2006

“After the Final No There Comes a Yes: Causality, Freedom and the New in Kant, Spinoza and Deleuze.” Paper presented at Thinking the Present: The Beginnings and Ends of Political Theory, University of California at Berkeley, May 28, 2005

“Towards a Politics of Laughter.” Paper presented at the Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, April 15, 2005

“She Sang Beyond the Genius of the Sea.” Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 13, 2002

Awards and Fellowships:

University Scholars Programme Teaching Excellence Award, 2015

University Scholars Programme Teaching Excellence Award, 2014

Department of Political Science Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2007

Paul A. McCoy Award for “The Most Distinguished Political Science Graduate Student Seminar Paper”, May 2005 (nominated)

Service:

Convener, Dual Degree Program between Sciences Po and the National University of Singapore

Co-Chair, Committee to design USP’s capstone Senior Seminar

Faculty Editor, Prism: USP Undergraduate Journal, 2011-

Editor-in-Chief, Folio: Writing and Critical Thinking in the University Scholars Programme (Undergraduate Journal at National University of Singapore), 2011-