Category Archives: Research

‘Crafting Citizens: Facing Controversy and Teaching Citizenship’ (TED-style talk, via YouTube)

I’m delighted to be able to share my TED-style talk, delivered at Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries, a Brown Graduate Symposium on September 27, as part of Brown’s Fall Weekend Celebration in honor of the university’s 250th anniversary–and marking 125 years of Ph.D. education at Brown.

I welcome any comments or questions to

From the Graduate School Website:

Celebrating 125 years of graduate study at Brown, this symposium featured short talks by graduate students and alumni on “why my research matters.” Be inspired by the power of ideas and by the scholars who embody the extraordinary achievements of Brown’s graduate programs. With short compelling talks aimed at a general audience, Research Matters! showcases exceptional graduate student scholarship at Brown.

Research Matters! was co-sponsored by the Office of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, the Graduate School and the C. M. Colver Lectureship Fund.

View the full ‘Research Matters!’ playlist on YouTube »


Forthcoming Talk – ‘Crafting Citizens: Facing Controversy and Teaching Citizenship,’ at Research Matters! Brown GS Event, 9/27

I’m delighted to announce that I have been selected to present a talk on my graduate work at Research Matters! —Brown Graduate School Symposium featuring eight Ph.D. candidates and two Ph.D. alumni from across disciplines.

My talk is titled Crafting Citizens: Facing Controversy and Teaching Citizenship. Designed for a general audience in the spirit of TEDx presentations, the talk will explain the import of my dissertation research on civic education in liberal democracies. The talk also presents a rare opportunity to explain to a wider audience (some of) what a political theorist actually does.

Research Matters! takes place on Saturday 27 September, 3-5pm at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium.

Further information on Research Matters, including a full list of presenters »

Brown’s 250th Anniversary Website »

Research Matters! is part of Brown’s Fall Celebration Weekend in honor of the University’s 250th Anniversary, sponsored by the Office of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, the Graduate School and the C. M. Colver Lectureship Fund.