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Michael Giles

PhD Student

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 2017-2018 Humane Studies Fellow, and his research is supported by the LeFrak Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy. 

Mike studies the political theory 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 goes a step further, reexamining the foundations of the religious toleration arguments found in Locke and Tocqueville. His other interests include natural law theory, liberal constitutionalism, and political economy. A more detailed description of Mike’s research can be found here 

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time in the great outdoors (skiing, biking, camping) with his family. He loves collegiate sports, and always reads Wodehouse or Tolkien before bed.