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Michael Giles

PHD Student
Michael Giles specializes in political theory and American Government.  He obtained his BA from Hillsdale College and was the recipient of summer fellowships from the Institute for Humane Studies (2012) and the Hertog Political Studies Program (2013).  He researches the intellectual history of church and state, paying particular attention to how the political-religious question shaped early modern defenses of liberalism  in the work of Montesquieu, Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau.
Mike is also working on a study of Alexis de Tocqueville.  In that work, he explores how the postmodern lack of consensus on fundamental moral questions presents a challenge to the basic liberal belief in the goodness (and not just the utility) of religious toleration.  As for American Politics, he maintains a general scholarly interest in political institutions and Constitutional law.
Outside of acadmics Mike enjoys alpine skiing, conversations over a warm pint, and time with his family.