I’m Matt Shafer, a political theorist and currently a member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, University of Pennnsylvania.

My work brings together transnational intellectual history and contemporary critical theory to examine how fundamental political ideas are formed and contested over time. I completed my PhD at Yale University in 2020, with a dissertation on the history of recent debates about how the idea of violence should be defined in political theory and deployed in political rhetoric.