I’m Matt Shafer, a political theorist and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, University of Pennsylvania. Bringing together transnational intellectual history and contemporary critical theory, my research examines 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 term “violence” should be defined in political theory and deployed in political rhetoric.