I am a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where I study political philosophy and its history. My research interests center around the themes of constitutional change, popular sovereignty, and philosophical anthropology in early modern political thought. I am particularly interested in the political thought of Niccolò Machiavelli, and have recently published an article on his concept of "return to first principles" in the Discourses on Livy: "Machiavelli's Principio: Political Renewal and Innovation in the Discourses on Livy" (Review of Politics, 2020). Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I received my B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Chicago, then lived in Vienna for two years, where I taught English as a second language through Fulbright Austria's USTA Program.