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Ariel Helfer

Ariel Helfer

Assistant Professor
Office: South Kedzie Hall Room 338
Phone: 517-353-5336

Ariel Helfer received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2015.  His research focuses on political ambition and statesmanship, especially as a theme in classical political thought and Greek history.  His current projects include a book entitledPolitical Ambition and Socratic Philosophy: Plato’s Drama of Socrates and Alcibiades, and an article on political leadership in Xenophon’sHellenica. Dr. Helfer is also trained in quantitative political methodology, and is presently co-authoring a paper on the measurement of learning in informative political processes.  At the University of Texas, he taught courses on Greek philosophy and literature, American constitutional principles, and the history of African American political thought, and has taught intensive quantitative methods “Math Camp” workshops for incoming graduate students at Texas (2010-2014) and Michigan State (2015).

Ariel was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and received his undergraduate degree in Politial Science and Physics from Kenyon College in 2008.