Students

Below is an alphabetized list of the doctoral students I am advising or have recently advised at the University of Chicago.

Alex Haskins is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the University of Chicago’s Political Science department. His research interests include the history of political thought (East Asian, European, and American), comparative political theory, and intellectual history with a focus on questions concerning sovereignty, empire, religion & politics, and international law.



Sarah Johnson studied political theory at the University of Chicago, where she is currently a collegiate assistant professor. Her research focuses on the relationship between political thought and the historical imagination. From 2015 to 2017 Sarah was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. 



Emma Mackinnon writes and teaches in the areas of political theory and the history of political thought, with particular interests in the history of human rights and international political thought. She is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, where she is affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Department of History. 






Tejas Parasher is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago’s Department of Political Science. In October 2019, he will start as a Junior Research Fellow in History and Politics at King’s College, University of Cambridge. His research interests include the history of modern political and legal thought; 20th century South Asian political and intellectual history; historiography; Third Worldism and anti-colonialism; and postcolonial studies.



Lucas Pinheiro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His primary areas of research and teaching are in the history of modern political thought and contemporary political theory. Lucas is currently completing his dissertation, “Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Historical Capitalism” with the support of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship.







Aditi Rajeev Shirodkar is a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Political Science. Her research interests include religion and politics, comparative colonialism, post-colonial politics, and comparative political theory. Aditi’s ongoing dissertation project centers on the politics of conversion through an analysis of the processes of Catholic conversion in early modern Portuguese Goa.








Nazmul S. Sultan is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research interests include empire and colonialism, popular sovereignty, democratic theory, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century political thought. Nazmul’s dissertation project explores the imperially inflected formation of the discourse of popular sovereignty in colonial India and its foundational influence in the making of the anticolonial democratic project.





Larry Svabek is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago. His general interests include the history of Western political thought and democratic theory. More specifically, his research explores the development of American political culture in the 19th century with a focus on the political thought surrounding Reconstruction.


Sarita Zaffini is a post-doctoral fellow at University of Chicago. The broad scope of Sarita’s research is political theology: the study of religious beliefs and their political consequences. She is especially interested in the coincidence of political and religious conflict, and the doctrinal shifts that can lead a religion to abandon one political perspective for another.