Caleb's research primarily concerns democratic theory; in particular, he's interested in the contemporary obstacles to democratic practice and the consequences of those obstacles for citizen's political self-conceptions. His dissertation, entitled "Living under Post-Democracy: Political Subjectivity in Fleetingly Democratic Times," brings the empirical literature on citizen participation to bear on democratic theory, challenging the latter's conceptual relevance and utility. Instead, he proposes embracing a model of post-democracy in which citizens stop thinking of themselves as 'participants' or 'decision-makers' and, subsequently, re-imagine their understandings of legitimacy, membership, responsibility, and culpability. In addition to democratic theory, he has a strong interest in political realism and currently has an article, entitled "'What is to be done' when there is nothing to do?: Realism and Political Inequality," under review by Constellations. In the future, he plans to further explore the consequences of democratic frustration, as well as the ways in which a therapeutic appreciation of philosophy can help alleviate it.

We owe our life to the difference between the economic framework of late capitalism and its political facade. To theoretical criticism the discrepancy is slight: everywhere the sham character of supposed public opinion, the primacy of the economy in real decisions, can be demonstrated. For countless individuals, however, the thin, ephemeral veil is the basis of their entire existence.
— Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia #72 - "Second Harvest"