Scholarly Articles

"Creating a Demagogue: The Political Origins of Daniel Shays' Erroneous Legacy in American Political History," American Political Thought. (Forthcoming)

“Support for Nationalization and State Building in the Early American Republic: The Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” Journal of Law and Courts. (Forthcoming)

“Conceptual Weaponization and the Study of the Presidency,” Interpretation 47, 1 (Fall 2020): 211-218.

“The Republican Theories of Rousseau and the American Anti-Federalists,” Australian Journal of Politics & History 66, 2 (2020): 181-199.

“Diagnosing the Blinding Effects of Trumpism,” Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society


“The Rhetorical Presidency Made Flesh: A Political Science Classic in the Age of Donald Trump,” Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 30, 3-4 (2018): 347-368. (


“Could Political Science Become Diagnostic? Restoring a Forgotten Method,” Perspectives on Political Science 48, 1 (2019): 56-63. (

“Demagoguery as Pathology: Interpreting European Politics Today,” Perspectives on Political Science (2019). (


Critical Dialogue

“The Rhetorical Presidency Made Flesh,” exchanges with Anne C. Pluta, Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 31, 2 (2019): 242-254. 

“An Exchange: Nietzsche’s Final Teaching by Michael Allen Gillespie,” with Michael Gillespie and Ronald Beiner, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 44, 3 (Spring 2018): 425-449.


Commentary (selected)

"Will the Real Justice Thomas Please Stand Up? The Endurance and Power of Erroneous Political Narratives," A House Divided (01/14/2020).


(with Elayne Allen) “Demagoguery, ‘Cov-Cath,’ and Public Discourse in the Trump Era,”
House Divided

"Between Demagoguery and Populism," Law & Liberty (10/03/2019).

(with Connor M. Ewing) “What happened to the State of the Union address?” The Washington Post (01/30/2018).


“Toward a More Perfect Originalism,” Law & Liberty (08/31/2018).


“Flake’s exit from Senate won’t fix GOP hyperpartisanship,” Austin American-Statesman (11/01/2017).


“Against Senate Resolution 355,” Claremont Review of Books Online (09/10/2018).


“Constitutional Bureaucracy? Exchange with John Marini,” Claremont Review of Books 18, 2 (Spring 2018): 3-4.