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Thomas Merrill Associate Professor Department of Government

Additional Positions at AU
Associate Director, Political Theory Institute
Degrees
PhD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
AB, Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

Bio
Thomas Merrill is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015), which won the Delba Winthrop Prize for Best Recent Work in Political Philosophy. He is also the co-editor of three edited volumes, including The Political Thought of the Civil War (University Press of Kansas, 2018) and has held fellowships from Harvard, Princeton, and the American Enterprise Institute. He was a senior research analyst for the President’s Council on Bioethics during the George W. Bush administration and is the associate director of the Department of Government and, more recently, as department chair.
See Also
SPA Department of Government
SPA Political Theory Institute
For the Media
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Teaching

Spring 2020

  • GOVT-409 Contemporary Political Thought

Summer 2020

  • GOVT-096 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Lincoln Scholars Program

  • GOVT-096 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Political Theory: Issues/Texts

Fall 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: The Problem of Freedom

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: The Problem of Freedom