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Fall Recap

I've been meaning to write a recap of my activities this fall, but the suddenness of the fall semester's completion as well as the totality of holiday diversions subsequent have conspired to delay me. For now, a few words will have to suffice; put directly, the fall was wonderful: I found working with new students and colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Haverford (and beyond) delightful; now I look forward to many years of continuing work and collaboration with confidence and excitement. Teaching " Modern Political Philosophy " this fall proved even more of a pleasure than I anticipated. I had taught versions of this course at both Carleton and Deep Springs and I was eager to see how students on the Mainline would respond to my narrative of "freedom and the state." I could not have anticipated, however, the richness of reflections and the earnestness of engagement I would find in the Bryn Mawr and Haverford students I was fortunate enough to have in the course. Th

What Would Socrates Do?

I'm pleased to announce that there will be a roundtable discussion of What Would Socrates Do at this year's Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2015. For this event, Cambridge University Press is offering a discount coupon for the book. Click here to view the flier and coupon code.

Fall Semester at Bryn Mawr

Yesterday marked the beginning of my teaching career at Bryn Mawr. I was immediately impressed with my well-prepared and thoughtful students as we discussed the first chapter of Sheldon Wolin's "Politics and Vision," a prelude to our study of modern political philosophy over the course of the semester. I have posted the syllabus under "Teaching" above and you can also find it here .

Would What Socrates Do? - RELEASED!

My first book, What Would Socrates Do? is available now! If you're having doubts, read the description on Amazon or Cambridge University Press. Buy yourself a copy and I will be happy to send you a personalized thank-you note.

Bryn Mawr College

I'm very excited to announce that I have begun my duties as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. I'm thrilled to join the community at Bryn Mawr as well as the bigger family of colleges and universities in the area. This fall I will teach a course on modern political thought (similar to "Freedom and the State" under "Teaching" above). In the spring I will teach a seminar on Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition" as well as a course on power.

Quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education

William Deresiewicz's review of Andrew Rossi's new documentary about the state of higher education in America, "Ivory Tower," quotes me (although not by name) from my seminar at Deep Springs College. Check it out:

Andrew Rossi's Ivory Tower features Deep Springs College (and my teaching)

Filmmaker Andrew Rossi's new documentary on the escalating costs of college and student debt features Deep Springs College as well as my teaching, depicting the education at Deep Springs as a hopeful alternative to destructive trends in mainstream higher education. I was fortunate to see the West Coast premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival two weeks ago and I recommend the film to anyone and everyone interested in thinking about the current landscape of higher education. (For more information on the film and the discussion around the cost of college and student debt, see the Ivory Tower website .) The shots of my course at Deep Springs come from a seminar I taught during Spring 2013 called "Freedom and the State." (The syllabus is available here .) Viewers will witness a few snippets of a much longer discussion on the penultimate sections of Hegel's Philosophy of Right . I'd love to hear what you think!

Now available in Political Theory

My essay on Herodotus and realism has just been published in Political Theory . You may access the article here .