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Briana McGinnis is the 2017-2019 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. She is a political theorist, specializing in the moral psychology of citizenship, the ethics of migration, punishment, and the history of political thought. She has complementary research and teaching interests in American political development and public law.
Briana received her PhD. in Government from Georgetown University and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently completing a manuscript, Exile in America: Political Expulsion and the Limits of Liberal Government. Drawing on both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, Exile in America explores the continued use of expulsion in liberal democratic polities across the U.S., analyzing what the persistence of such seemingly archaic practices can tell us about those political communities that employ it.
Her next project considers post-conviction legal restrictions placed upon people with many criminal convictions (termed "collateral consequences of conviction”) as a concern not merely of criminal law, but of politics and citizenship. The first article from this manuscript has appeared in Politics, Groups, and Identities.
She is especially interested in the often troubled relations between equal citizens, whether that manifests in the total rejection of exile or the loss of membership, the drift of particular moral judgments into constructions of criminality, or local-level issues of toleration and association.