Fields of Study: American Politics; Political Theory
About: Peter is in his final year as a Master's student. He holds a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government, Law, and Policy with a minor in Legal Studies from Colorado State University. His research engages American Constitutional Law and the Democratic Theories in the context of the current dispute surrounding the Trump Presidency and concerns of eligibility under the Emoluments Clause. His Thesis concentrates on constitutionally redefining Emoluments for the 21st Century byway of a discourse analysis on the history of Emoluments in democratic and constitutional theory that takes on a framework reminiscent of C.B. Macpherson’s classic Possessive Individualism Hobbes to Locke (1962).
He undertakes an evaluation that focuses on the tension between Jeffersonian political ideals and the inherent focus on private property protections, to challenge the current interpretations of Article I & Article II’s Emoluments Clauses’ to restrict whom is eligible to hold federal office.
Aside from research, Peter is a Colorado native that enjoys long hikes to the top of “14ers” with his dog, Orwell, and appraising dystopian prose in the context of the history of political thought. Peter is currently in the process of applying to law schools to continue his education and research; he hopes to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Law to earn his J.D. in Constitutional Law with concentrations in Legal Theory and Legal Writing starting in the Fall of 2018.