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My name is Stephanie Ahrens, and I am a political theorist with interests in the history of political thought (ancient to contemporary), political virtue, democratic theory, political philosophy, and politics of the United States.

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 a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 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.