After completing a B.A. in Western Society and Culture (Concordia, CAN) and a Master's in Political Theory (McGill, CAN), I moved to Texas in August 2013 to pursue a doctoral degree in Political Theory.
My specialization is early modern political thought with a minor in the politics of race, ethnicity and gender. In addition to my political science training, I have obtained a degree in post-secondary education (Université de Montréal). I have also pursued formal language training in Italian, Ancient Greek and Latin, on top of English and my native French.
My primary research interest is the thought of Machiavelli and everything surrounding his philosophy. My dissertation re-examines the relationship between Machiavellian and Platonic political philosophies. In line with some very recent work in the field, I argue that Machiavelli’s so-called hostility to Plato is in fact hostility to the Neoplatonist interpretations of Plato circulating around Florence at the time. In other words, Machiavellian philosophy is not entirely hostile to Plato's, as the current state of the literature would have us believe. It is entirely hostile to Neoplatonism, but its relationship to Platonic political philosophy is more nuanced than wholesale rejection or agreement. Comparing Machiavelli's thought to Plato's after filtering out Neoplatonist ideas highlights not only unprecedented areas of agreement between the two philosophers, but also deepens our understanding of the role of aesthetics and philosophy for Machiavellian political education.
This in turn reveals the importance that philosophy, imitation and natural metaphors have in Machiavelli's vision of proper political and civic education. A vision that contributes to contemporary normative discussions about the way in which civics and political science should be thought, and what role political theory plays into our students' political education.
My time outside academia is divided between running, boxing, collecting music, and cooking.