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ETHAN ALEXANDER-DAVEY (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.Phil., University of Cambridge) conducts research primarily in the area of modern political thought. His work focuses on such themes as nationalism, constitutionalism, religion and politics, and critiques of liberal democracy. He has essays published in History of Political Thought (35:3, 2014) and Dostoevsky’s Political Thought (Eds. Trepanier & Avramenko, Lexington Books, 2013). His current book manuscript, Birthright Democracy: Nationhood and Self-Government in History, examines the role of nationalism in the emergence of constitutional self-government in the West. His next book project will consider the problem of socio-economic inequality from the point of view of the American founding fathers such as Adams and Jefferson, and other 18th-century republican thinkers. In 2013-2014, Dr. Alexander-Davey was a postdoctoral research associate in the political science department at Washington University in St. Louis. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his M.Phil. from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SHILO BROOKS (Ph.D., Boston College) conducts research in the history of political thought, focusing on the theoretical foundations of liberalism in thinkers from Rousseau to Nietzsche. His current projects include a book manuscript entitled Nietzsche’s Beginning: A Study of the Early Period, and an article on Burke, Tocqueville, and Nietzsche’s reactions to the French Revolution. Before coming to UVA he was a visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College, where he taught courses in classical, early modern, and late-modern political philosophy. A graduate of the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Boston College.

EVAN PIVONKA, Ph.D., University of Virginia