My research seeks to rethink the relationship between the material and the ideational by providing an non-dialectical account of materialism and a non-organismic account of material causality. My work is focused on a "new materialist" critique of the politics of recognition and representation, traditional modes of political and social organization, and organismic thought within the landscape of philosophy, literature, and political economy. I'm particularly invested in tracing a "vitalist" strain in the work of three postwar French thinkers--Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault--to reimagine the relationship between materiality, the life of the mind, and life itself as an originary, inhuman, and vital relation(s) of force(s). Prior to coming to Berkeley, I received my B.A. from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, where I pursued an interdisciplinary degree in "Literary and Theoretical Studies."
20th century literature
Postwar French theory