My research interests coalesce around processes of subject formation and modes of political action – the “who” and the “how” of politics. I am especially interested in the points of juncture between these two questions, for instance regarding the issue of autonomy, in which the political task is self-determination, or epistemology, which brings to our attention the ways in which what we may claim to know impacts how we act politically.
In my dissertation, I consider biography as a form of political thinking and a mode of political practice. I advance two distinct claims: (1) that biography, as a record of the course of action that an individual has taken in life, is an elementary form of political thinking precisely because action is the basic element of political life; and (2) that writing biography is a political practice in its own right insofar as it challenges or contradicts how the life of its subject has been recorded by powerful institutions. To advance these claims, I engage with a selection of political thinkers who have written works of biography, or on them: Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Rancière.