Michael Giles (M.A. 2016) is a PhD candidate at Michigan State University. He studies political philosophy and American politics. Prior to his doctoral work at MSU, Mike completed a B.A. in Political Economy at Hillsdale College in 2012. He is a 2017-2018 Humane Studies Fellow, and his research is supported by the LeFrak Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy.
Mike studies the political philosophy of Church and State. He has written on the political utility of religion in the thought of Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville. In his dissertation, he writes about the natural explanation for the existence of religion provided by David Hume and St. Augustine. His other interests include natural law theory, puzzles in liberal constitutionalism, and the moral underpinnings of modern political economy.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time in the great outdoors (skiing, biking, camping) with his family. He loves collegiate sports, and always reads Wodehouse or Tolkien before bed.