Ph.D. Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2014
MA. Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 2012
MA. Philosophy, Boston College, 2009
BA. Philosophy, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Boston College, 2008
Undergraduate Courses Taught
Love and Friendship
Socrates and the Search for Truth
Ethics and the Good Life
Seek and Find: Augustine Seminar
Utopian and Dystopian Literature and Politics
The Moral Life and the Classical Tradition
Introduction to Political Theory
God and the Philosophers
Publications & Editorships
“Therapeutic Deception: Cicero and Augustine on the Myth of Philosophic Happiness.” Augustinian Studies, 50 (1), 2019, 13-42.
“Sheathing the Sword: Augustine and the Good Judge.” Journal of Religious Ethics, 46 (4), 2018, 718-747.
“Idolatry as the Source of Injustice in Augustine’s De Ciuitate Dei.” Studia Patristica, vol. 14, Fall 2017, 69-78.
“Augustine’s Ciceronian Response to the Ciceronian Patriot.” Perspectives on Political Science 45 (2), 2016, 113-124. Reprinted in Augustine’s Political Thought, ed. Richard Dougherty and Douglas Kries, Rochester Studies in Medieval Political Thought, Rochester University Press, 200-221.
Latreia and Idolatry: Augustine and the Quest for Right Relationship, co-edited with Paul
Camacho. Studia Patristica LXXXVIII, vol. 14. Leuven: Peeters, 2017.
Augustine and the Problem of Power: The Essays of Charles Norris Cochrane, ed. David Beer. Studies in Christian Ethics 32 (2), May 2019, 287-290.
On Augustine by Rowan Williams. Studies in Christian Ethics 31 (2), May 2018, 263-264.
Political Augustinianism: Modern Interpretations of Augustine’s Political Thought by Michael J.S. Bruno. Studies in Christian Ethics 20 (2), May 2016.
“Politics and the Parodic City: Augustine’s Sacramental Worldview and its Institutional Implications,” To be presented at the Oxford Patristics Conference, August 2019
“Seeing Politics Anew: Augustine's Sacramental Worldview and the Rehabilitation of Political Life,” Presented at the American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, November 2018
“Exploring the Political Implications of Augustine’s Sacramental Worldview,” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, 2018).
“Cultus Hominum: Political Reflections on Augustine’s Theological Anthropology.” Presented at the Princeton Political Theory Workshop on Augustine, April 2018
“Aquinas’ Architectonic Virtues.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association.
“Idolatria as the Inversion of Latreia and the Fragmentation of Community.” Presented at the XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 2015.
“Augustine, the Wise Man, and the Myth of Self-Sufficiency: Contextualizing City of God 19.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association.
“A Note on the Significance of Timaeus’ Locrian Citizenship.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.
“Healing and Humanitas: Augustine’s Summons to Restorative Citizenship.” Presented at the 2014 Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University.
‘“Aliud Namque Sunt Diuitiae, Aliud Pecunia:” A Brief Reflection on the Intertwined Themes of Wealth and Hope in Augustine’s City of God.’ Presented at the XLII Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, May 8-10, 2014.
“The Great Man and His Teacher: Nietzsche’s Fascination with Socrates and Alcibiades.” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.
“Pericles, Eros, and the Athenian Turn towards Tyranny.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. (Previously accepted at the canceled 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.)
“Pride as the Idolatry of Self and the Source of Injustice.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
“Augustine’s Ciceronian Response to the Ciceronian Pagan.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
“On Knowledge of the Natural Law and its Obstacles.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
“Desire, Happiness and Political Life: A Comparison of Hobbes and Locke.” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
“Augustine and the Transformation of Good Citizenship: Moving To a New Horizon.” Presented on the Fortin Memorial Panel at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association.
“Sacramental Time or the Never-Ending Newsfeed? Augustinian Advice for an Age of Distraction,” Theology on Tap, Diocese of Worcester, April 2019.
“The Empire and the Refuge: On the Opposition Between the Two Cities in City of God,” Yale University, The Elm Institute, March 2019.
“At the Still Turning Point of the Word: Augustine and Eliot on Time and Eternity,” College of the Holy Cross, St. Peter and Paul Society, October 2018.
“Augustine: What Faith Seeking Understanding Means,” Boston College, St Thomas More Society, March 2018.
“Faith Seeking Understanding: Mystery and the Mind of Augustine,” College of the Holy Cross, St. Peter and Paul Society, September 2017.
Grants and Awards
2015 Review of Politics Award for Best Paper in Normative Political Theory, Midwest Political Science Association: “Augustine, the Wise Man, and the Myth of Self Sufficiency: Contextualizing City of God 19”
2015 Notre Dame’s Nominee for the APSA Strauss Award (for best dissertation in Political Philosophy).
2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Notre Dame Kaneb Center
Northeast Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
Midwestern Political Science Association
North American Patristics Society