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 on Augustine’s teaching about mankind’s Fall from Eden. The corruption of the human race is a central theme of political philosophy. My monograph unpacks Augustine’s account of the Fall and, in a shameless bit of political theologizing, uses this theory to think realistically about the social and political problems of contemporary life, such as the burdens and joys of work, the dangers and opportunities of ambition, the role of profit and self-interest, and the protection of human dignity, among other things.

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.