Encouraged to 'ponder the imponderables' from an early age, Caleb believes that life is best spent in contemplation. He discovered his particular calling, political theory, after reading Kant and Nietzsche in high school debate, then spending his undergraduate days at Brown exploring the works of Spinoza, Arendt, Foucault, Badiou, and others. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy and Modern Culture and Media (2009), Caleb left Providence for Hyde Park and earned an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2010). He returned to Providence to work as an Americorps volunteer, helping high-needs students apply to college, before beginning his doctoral training under Prof. Andrew Norris at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012. His current research challenges the tenability of democratic theory under undemocratic conditions, arguing for a post-democratic political orientation in which citizens internalize their empirically-demonstrable political insignificance and reimagine their relationship to political authority and activity anew. Caleb is also an award-winning teacher and acts as the Lead TA for his department.
Caleb lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Chelsea, and their two dogs, Henry (Shih Tzu) and Morris (Jack Russell mix). They enjoy collecting records, biking, cooking, and live music.
If exiled to a desert island, Caleb would take along Hobbes's Leviathan, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, though he'd prefer if that island also had enough electricity to power a turntable.