Professional and Biographical Information

Fields of Interest

Critical Theory
Modern European Political Theory
Medical & Health Humanities


Ph.D., Political Science and Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley

Current Research

My book, , has been published by the University of Chicago Press. This book examines how addiction has been reimagined as a normal feature of human nature and experience in much of American science, medicine, and politics over the last forty years. It argues that this change involves a radical rethinking of what it means to be human, and asks who or what the subject is, and how it can be governed, if we are all now or potentially addicts.

I am now working on a book-length study of new meanings of "the pathological" in contemporary American medicine and society.

Courses Taught

Plato and Rousseau

Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

Twentieth-Century Visions: Beauvoir, Fanon, Marcuse, Foucault

Science and Politics: Michel Foucault and Bruno Latour

Existentialism (First Year Seminar)