headshot of Stephanie Ahrensa standing in front of green foliageMy name is Stephanie Ahrens, and I am a political theorist with broad academic interests in the history of political thought (ancient to contemporary), political virtue, democratic theory, political philosophy, and American politics. I primarily use the methods and texts of political theory to illuminate and analyze contemporary political dilemmas. 

My current research speaks to the crisis of political trust in the United States. In particular, I question our understanding of trust and distrust and their relationships to democracy.

I hold a B.A. from Baylor University and will receive my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago on August 29, 2020. I will begin my time as a John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton’s James Madison Program in the fall of 2021. I can be reached at sahrens [at] uchicago [dot] edu.