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. He earned a BA in political science and economics from Kenyon College, and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Jon’s scholarly interests center on the idea that the type of regime or political order fundamentally shapes the character of the people who live under it. In particular, his research applies this idea of regime to the United States through an examination of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. In public policy, he has published research on gun violence, gun control, and mental illness, and is currently working on a study comparing the effects of minimum wages versus unionization rates on economic inequality and the size of the middle class in the United States. He is the recipient of the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship at the James Madison College within MSU. He teaches classes on public administration, American public policy, and American political thought.


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