About Mike

mg28229Welcome to this site! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Constitutional Studies program 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. My research also explores the interaction of religious ideas with such diverse topics as work and economic thinking, political ambition, and social trust.  

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 other interests include American government and political thought, as well as the interplay of economics and political philosophy.

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