I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and an Associate of The John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to SMU, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Political Theory Project at Brown University.
I have research interests in political theory, the history of political thought, liberalism (French and Anglo-American), political economy, and citizenship, with a focus on political inclusion and exclusion. My work has been published in Polity, The Review of Politics, and Modern Intellectual History.
My book manuscript, Capacity for Democracy: French Liberalism and the Language of Citizenship, is a conceptual history and political theory of "political capacity" (capacité politique), a concept liberals originally championed as an alternative to democratic political rights. By examining liberal thought in 19th century France, including the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, Benjamin Constant, and François Guizot and lesser-known liberals under the Second Empire, I argue that the language of capacity evolved alongside shifting notions of economic and social participation, allowing liberals to embrace democracy without abandoning their first principles. I conclude that the language of capacity -- a language that began from anxieties over democracy -- can actually inform ongoing questions about democratic citizenship and its requirements.
I hold a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University (2016) and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Annapolis (2010).
You can contact me at genglert at smu dot edu or follow me on Twitter.