This book-length project explores how revolution went from being the means toward a constitutional settlement, to becoming an end in and of itself. Stretching from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, it focuses in particular on the transformation of revolutionary authority during the French Revolution; on Marx's development of the concept of a "revolution in permanence"; and finally on the relation between this new model and the political violence that has often accompanied revolutions.
This book project considers the impact that French Enlightenment authors had on the discourses of natural right theory, and how their innovations paved the way for the revolutionary declarations at the end of the century. While focusing mostly on French "rights talk," I also compare it with the language and logic found in the American state declarations, as well as with the later formulations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I'm a PI on the NEH-funded digital humanities project "Mapping the Republic of Letters." This project, which brings together other scholars at Stanford and around the world, aims to map the correspondence and social networks of major intellectual figures. A series of articles based on this project is under review at the American Historical Review; a spin-off article, "The French Enlightenment Network," is forthcoming in the Journal of Modern History (co-written with Maria Comsa, Melanie Conroy, Chloe Edmondson, and Claude Willan).
Collaboration with HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, Wallenberg Network Initiative. Supports digital humanities research and postdoctoral scholar exchange with Swedish institutions.
Project seeks to reconstruct the demography of a region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, during the period 1700-1900. Collaboration with scholars at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Project funded by the REVS program, Stanford University. Study of transportation infrastructure in Brazil and USA in comparative perspective with a focus on the interaction between automobility and political change.
A case-based course for mid-level public officials in developing countries, geared toward public sector reforms and policies designed to improve private sector growth.
partnership with INCAE, University of Cape Town, Singapore Management Univ., Strathmore Univ.