I hold a PhD in political theory from the University of Amsterdam where I currently work as a lecturer. My research interests lie primarily in democracy, legitimacy, power & domination, social media, and political realism. I research how varying conceptualizations of legitimacy, power, and domination shape our normative judgments about the acceptability of socio-political arrangements including states, economic institutions, and digital platforms.
I have two main lines of research: first, I study the normative implications of power relations on social media platforms. I investigate, for instance, if the powers of social media companies to regulate users’ speech are compatible with democratic legitimacy. I draw on republican and realist approaches in order to study how social media companies’ powers limit the ways citizens engage in practices of democratic contestation, which I call "digital domination".
My second research focus is the methodology of political theory. In my PhD thesis, I engaged with the contemporary debates about the relationship between moral philosophy and political theory. I defended a version of political realism, the view that political theory is not a branch of moral philosophy. I developed an account of political realism, showing that there are several non-moral standards that can help us evaluate existing power relations and claims about their legitimacy. The inner normativity of politics, epistemic standards, and linguistic norms are the three sources of political normativity I have explored.
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