I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University.
My research expertise lies in international political theory; in particular, the intersection between international relations and the ethics and politics of citizenship. The guiding light of my work is that the philosophical inquiries into global, international and national politics are best understood as interconnected. I am interested in the ways in which political institutions, socio-economic conditions, and public culture constrain the justification and implementation of normative political theories in practice, both in international relations and in the politics of citizenship.
The three main themes that shape my research are (i) the role of psychological constraints in normative theories of international justice; (ii) nationalism, patriotism, and civic republican citizenship; and (iii) the structure of dilemmas in politics.
My doctoral project (University College London, 2015) focused on liberal cosmopolitan theories of justice, analysing the problem of motivation and its potential normative significance. While both proponents and critics of cosmopolitanism that this theory suffers from a ‘motivational gap’, it is more controversial to argue that this is significant at the normative level, rather than merely as a matter of practical implementation. In my thesis, I developed a novel argument that moves away from individual moral duties to questions of political normativity, situating the critique of cosmopolitanism on the lack of motivational preconditions for stable institutions of social justice.
My current research project, which I aim to develop into a monograph over the next couple of years, applies the general framework developed in my doctoral project to a novel area of research: a political theory of instrumental citizenship. While questions surrounding instrumental use of citizenship (for example, in obtaining second passports, economic migration, and the selling of residence rights) have been studied by sociologists and legal scholars, they have been largely neglected by international relations scholars and normative political theorists. I argue that this issue poses considerable challenges for traditional conceptions of citizenship and the state, for whom citizenship is not merely a legal status, but an ongoing civic duty. As appealing as this republican account may be to advocates of progressive politics, its more demanding conception of citizenship leads to a problem with instrumental citizenship.