About Mike

mg28229Welcome to this site! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Director in the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Lab at the University of Notre Dame. I previously earned a Ph.D. at Michigan State (2020, M.A. 2016) and a B.A. in Political Economy from Hillsdale College (2012). 

My research focuses on the relationship between faith and politics in the history of political thought. I’m currently working on a book that seeks to understand the political meaning and relevance of Augustine’s teaching about mankind’s Fall from Eden. I ask: how did this revelatory idea shape Augustine’s understanding of political life and how it can help us fruitfully revisit the classic question of revelation’s contribution to political life?

In my work, I also explore the posture of modern political thought toward religious faith, having written on the political utility of religion in the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville. My future research will continue to parse out the impact of faith on such diverse topics as work and economic life, political ambition, and social trust.  

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (skiing, biking, camping, swimming, walking) with my family. I also (rather inordinately) love collegiate sports, Wodehouse, and Tolkien.