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 2018-2019 Humane Studies Fellow, and his research is supported by the LeFrak Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy.
Mike primarily 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 St. Augustine’s account of the fall – and how that account explains the unexpected resilience of faith in the liberal, modern world. 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 usually reads Wodehouse or Tolkien before bed.