Research & Writing

My research lies at the intersection of normative political and legal theory. My current research explores three themes. A full list of my writing can be found in Publications.

EXILE POLITICS AND TRANSNATIONAL POLITICAL THEORY

My first monograph, The Ethics of Exile: a political theory of diaspora (Oxford University Press, 2021) examines the rights and responsibilities exiles have in the communities they have left. I argue that exile politics can perform two corrective functions: to repair defective political institutions back home and to counter asymmetries of power and voice abroad. Related work appears in Exile Political Representation,’ Journal of Political Philosophy (2016); 'Pluralism in Political Obligation' (forthcoming); and 'Treason, Expatriation, and So-Called Americans: Recovering the Role of Allegiance in Citizenship,' Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2014).

A longform essay, 'Exiles on Main Street,' appears in Aeon Magazine.

An ongoing project, 'Transitional Justice as Transnational Justice,' explores the roles of forced emigrants in transitional justice processes in their countries of origin. I focus on Sri Lankan Tamils in Toronto. This project is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

VICTIMS' DUTIES TO RESIST THEIR OPPRESSION

I argue that victims have duties to resist their oppression. In 'Epistemic Privilege and Victims’ Duties to Resist their Oppression,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy (2018), I provide an account of an other-regarding duty. I discuss this account with David Edmonds on Philosophy247 and in Women of Ideas (ed. S. Finn, Oxford University Press 2021); Eric J. Miller reviews the argument here in JOTWELL.

I provide an overview of different arguments for victims' duties in Recent Debates on Victims’ Duties to Resist their Oppression,’ Philosophy Compass (2020), and I outline the different responses to oppression victims' duties call for in 'Victims' Reasons and Responses in the Face of Oppression' Harvard Review of Philosophy (2021).

LEGITIMACY AT THE BORDER

In 'Privatising border control,’ Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2018) I use intrinsic arguments against privatisation to re-assess the state's standing in border control. Absent mechanisms of inclusion available to would-be migrants, I argue that the state's legitimacy is in question and I re-assess the roles of some non-state actors. I develop this line of argument in Outsourcing Border Control: Public agency and action in migration,’ Cambridge Handbook on Privatization (ed. A. Dorfman and A. Harel, 2021) and 'Legitimacy at the Border' (forthcoming).

Early research and a workshop on private actors in border control was funded by a British Academy Rising Star award in 2016.