How do we understand the constitution and effects of power and violence in international politics? And what sorts of lasting- and counterintuitive- effects do they have on our world?
These questions, with their myriad permutations and formulations, anchor my research and scholarship. In answering them, I have offered a range of arguments, from analyses of past and present armed conflicts to studies of the methods and means of waging war, from genealogies of international humanitarian law to critiques of the weaponization of sleep in contemporary conflict. In my writings, I analyze both the discourses and practices of armed conflicts in order to contribute to the fields of international relations, international law, political theory, and feminist theory. The result is a body of work whose aim is to produce what Hannah Arendt would call “exercises in thinking”- which, as she evocatively explains, are informed but not wholly determined by “the actuality of political incidents.” And the goal of these exercises is always the same: to illuminate through a critical interpretation the “repository of distinctions, categories, and arguments” that continue to orient us in the present.