Aaron Herold joins the department as a Jack Miller-Veritas Fund Postdoctoral Fellow. He studies and teaches political philosophy, and his research focuses primarily on the thought of the liberal Enlightenment and of its critics, as well as on theoretical issues of politics and religion. Prior to coming to Rhodes, he taught at Boston College. He has a B.A. from Emory University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, "Liberal Theology in the Age of Equality: Tocqueville and the Enlightenment on Faith, Freedom, and the Human Soul," examined the thought of Locke, Spinoza, and Tocqueville on the relationship between religion and politics in liberal democracy. He is currently at work on a series of articles detailing Spinoza′s radical version of the Enlightenment project as well as the way in which an awareness of its partial success seems to inform Tocqueville′s analysis of life in the United States. He is also preparing a book manuscript that connects these same issues to contemporary American debates over the separation of church and state. At Rhodes he is teaching the introductory course to political science, entitled "Political Questions," and in the Search program.
B.A, Emory University
M.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
HUM 101 - Search: Values in History and Religion