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Jonathan Spiegler

PhD Student

Jon entered the PhD program in Fall 2017.  He is originally from Shaker Heights, OH, and earned his BA in political science and economics from Kenyon College in 2013.  He then worked as an auto damage adjuster for GEICO Insurance before entering the Master of Public Policy program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  He graduated with his MPP from the Humphrey School in 2017.  During this time he worked in the Twin Cities area on research related to tobacco control policy, government data practices/privacy, and American politics and elections.

His scholarly interests center on political theory and public policy.  In particular, he is interested in how and why different kinds of political communities or regimes mold political opinions (and how this process relaties to human nature), as well as the process of political founding.  He is especially interested in political philosophers who explore these issues, including Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Tocqueville.  His research explores how these ideas from political theory can be combined with public policy, particularly how public values can be incorporated in policy design and implementation.  Other research areas in public policy include gun violence and homelessness policy.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys swimming, playing the marimba and snare drum, and traveling (his favorite destination so far is Iceland).  He is looking forward to the day when he gets a dog.