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New Zealand
Massey University
Political theory, democratic theory, multicultural theory, politics of difference, receptivity, embodiment, affect, aesthetics, performance, political communication.
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I am a Lecturer in Politics at Massey University, New Zealand, and associate editor for Democratic Theory journal. My research explores the conditions, challenges, and creative possibilities for democratic engagement in diverse societies, particularly in conditions of inequality. This has entailed extensive case study and theorization of the potential and practice of the performing arts as forms of democratic engagement, with a particular interest in the particular ‘voice’ such modes offer to marginalized positions. Recent and current work shifts the emphasis from ‘voice’ to the attendant challenges and conditions of listening: specifically, the affective and embodied dimensions of receptivity, and how embodied practices might be used to facilitate listening and accountability in politics. Connecting affect, critical democratic, postcolonial, neuroscience, and performance scholarship, my work responds to compelling calls to find new models for coalition, community and post-home politics by asking how we realize these ideals in concrete terms.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

“Responsibility as Responsiveness: Enacting a Dispositional Ethics.” Political Theory (forthcoming, 2016).

“Embodying an Ethics of Response-ability.” borderlands. Special Issue: The Limits of Responsibility. Ed. Jenny Lawn, Kim Worthington and Allen Meek (forthcoming, 2016).

“Editors’ Introduction: Non-Western Theories of Democracy.” With Mark Chou, co-editor. Democratic Theory Journal 2.2 (Winter 2015): 1-7.

“Mastery of Knowledge or Meeting of Subjects? The Epistemic Effects of Two Forms of Political Voice.” Contemporary Political Theory (AOP 31 March 2015): 1-22.


“‘Only They Breathe’: Gender, Agency and the Dancing Body Politic.” Constellations 21.1 (April 2014): 111-33.

“The Science, Politics and Art of Receptivity.” Ethics and Global Politics 7.1 (March 2014): 19-40.

“What Moves Us: The Neuroscience and Dance of Conflict Transformation.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly 31.2 (January 2014): 133-58.

 Into the Midst: An Out-of-Series Inflexions Issue.” Inflexions: A Journal  for Research Creation (July 2013).

“Contraction and Release.” Archée: Revue d’Art en Ligne: Arts  Médiatiques & Cyberculture (December 2013)

Book Reviews 

“Horizontality as Democratic Horizon: Practising the Multitude.” Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies 12.1 (2015): 181-85.

“Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics.” Contemporary Political Theory 14.1 (February 2015): e26-e30.

Book Chapters 

“Political Actors: Theatre as Democratic Practice in Apartheid South Africa.” Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics. Ed. Nancy Love and Mark Mattern. New York: SUNY, 2013.

“Dance and Neuroscience: Implications for Conflict Transformation.” Dancing at the Crossroads: Transforming Conflict Through Movement. Ed. Michelle LeBaron, Carrie MacLeod and Andrew Ackland. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2013.

 “‘But What if the Object Began to Speak?’: Dialogical Potential Within Performance Consumption and Its Implications for Deliberative Democracy.” Dialogics of Cultural Encounters. Ed. Sura P. Rath. Delhi: Pencraft International, 2006.

Encyclopedia Article

“Apartheid.” Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Ed. Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, and Kennan Ferguson. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.


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