Jonathan Spiegler

Jonathan  Spiegler
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Political Science
  • James Madison College


Jon is a PhD student in political science at Michigan State University specializing in political philosophy and public policy. Jon’s dissertation research is a systematic study of the political thought of the French philosopher and statesman Alexis de Tocqueville. He is also currently working on a study interpreting Tocqueville's thought on race and slavery. In public policy, Jon has published research on gun violence in Policy Studies Journal and is currently working on a study comparing the effects of the minimum wage and labor unions on economic inequality in the United States. He is the recipient of the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship from the James Madison College at MSU, and teaches classes on American political philosophy, public policy, and public administration. Jon earned his BA in political science and economics from Kenyon College, and his Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.