I work primarily in political philosophy, social philosophy, philosophy of education, ethics, and history of Mexican philosophy.
How should we think of education and linguistic rights? By focusing on post-Revolutionary Mexican philosophy and the experience of indigenous peoples in Mexico, my research challenges us to rethink prevailing liberal theories and approaches of minority and linguistic rights. Against the prevailing orthodoxy within settler colonial studies, I argue that a close study of post-Revolutionary Mexican philosophy suggests that settler colonial processes need not involve a drive for indigenous land dispossession. Instead, what's essential is a concern over homogenizing societies around a common identity, which in Mexico's case necessarily involved the elimination of indigenous peoples. I argue that this kind of historical baggage problematicizes contemporary liberal theorists' accounts of either liberal neutrality or assimilation in the name of nation-building. Instead, I aim to develop an account of the political ethics guiding indigenous language revitalization activists in contexts such as Mexico's.
Before coming to Michigan, I received my BA from Princeton University, where I focused on early Carnapian thought.