Samuel Bagg is a PhD candidate in political theory. His dissertation develops a normative framework for thinking about democracy which is compatible with our best empirical understandings of actually existing democratic systems and the human agents who compose them. Rather than resting on unsustainable conceptions of individual freedom and/or popular sovereignty, it adopts the dispersion of power as its motivating ideal. He has broad teaching interests, including democratic theory, critical theories of power (especially race and gender), history of political thought, political psychology, and political institutions. His work has been published (or accepted for publication) by the European Journal of Political Theory; Political Research Quarterly; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and Political Studies Review.