A headshot of Stephanie Ahrens in a blue blouse


I am a political theorist with interests in the history of political thought (ancient to contemporary), democratic theory, political philosophy, and U.S. politics and political thought.

My current research speaks to the crisis of political trust in the United States. In particular, I question what kind of trust democracy needs, between whom, and the role a democratic constitution plays in fostering and maintaining democratic trust.

I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Baylor University. I am currently a John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton’s James Madison Program. I can be reached at sahrens [at] princeton [dot] edu.