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I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in Government in the Department of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. In the Summer of 2023,  I finished my Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, with an emphasis on International Relations and Political Theory. 


I am a teacher-scholar with expertise in ethics, international law, migration and citizenship, human rights, and history and international organizations. I love incorporating lessons from the Improv course I took at Second City in my teaching.​

With my current interdisciplinary research project, I want to contribute to ongoing debates on the shortcomings of current legal categories of protection for non-citizens by exploring to which extent they owe their potentialities and limits to notions of deservingness that sideline broader articulations of political responsibility. I take an ethnographic approach to the processes of construction of the categories of the stateless, refugee, and temporary protected status (TPS) through UN archival work and fieldwork with communities of rights claimants. ​ 

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My work focuses on the intersections of ethics and politics in international and US legal frameworks involving migration and citizenship. I examine how negotiations of deservingness intersect with constructions of race, gender, religion, class, and state borders to justify hierarchies, exclusions, and injustices through law.  It also points towards the need to reconceptualize political responsibility in global politics, especially taking into consideration displacement related to climate change.

My current research project explores the ethics involved in crafting legal categories in the margins of citizenship. I ask how deservingness has been enmeshed in the processes of creating and reforming law for non-citizens. I argue that notions of deservingness incentivize rights claimants to take personal and individual responsibility for structural inequality and injustice, reinforcing narrow narratives on rights and movement while sidelining broader notions of political responsibility. Deservingness inhabit the tense spaces between individual and collective responsibility, personal narratives and global crises (in the plural), and negotiations of equality and difference around citizenship, without ever resolving them - and that is why it is so effective.

I propose a critical exploration of the limits of law and assert that our current inability to propose effective solutions to rightless people requires a closer engagement with citizenship and its margins. Instead of assuming that national citizens deserve all, and that we have to come up with justifications to give gradations of rights to non-citizens, we should further explore the mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which (national) citizenship remains a privileged status. While there seems to be a relationship between law and deservingness, this connection remains underexplored in academia and either ignored or unquestionably accepted in public policy. 

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Book Symposium


“A Conversation about the Politics of Rights within Rights as Weapons” (2019).Book Symposium: A Discussion on Clifford Bob’s Rights as WeaponsEthics and International Affairs Journal


Public Scholarship

Lessons learned from ‘Encanto’: Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature teaches us about flaws of U.S. immigration policy, Northwestern Now, 03/28/2022.

Granting temporary protected status to Ukrainians is a start, but it’s not enough, Chicago Tribune, 03/17/2022

Feeding Agrarian Reform with Food Donations: a Covid-19 Story from Brazil” (2020).
Living With Plagues: New Narratives for a World in Distress Impressions and Reflections.
Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs​

Christ the Redeemer


Pedagogical Training 

Faculty Fellow

Bowdoin College's Baldwin's Center for Teaching and Learning, 2024-2025 

Teaching Practicum

Northwestern Summer of 2020

Teaching Certificate

Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 2018-2019​

Teaching Committee 

Northwestern's Department of Political Science, 2018-2019


Instructor of Record


Introduction to International Relations (Spring 2023, Fall 2023)

Human Rights (and Wrongs): the International Politics of Human Rights (Fall 2023)


Ethics in International Affairs (Spring 2024)


Deservingness, Law, and Public Policy (Spring 2024)​


International Relations Theory (Fall 2022)




Hubbard Hall-12

9800 College Station

Brunswick, ME 04011


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