CV

updated January 20, 2020
Ahrens CV, PDF

Academic Interests
History of political thought, political philosophy, political virtues, American political theory, democratic theory, American politics

Education
University of Chicago, Ph.D., Political Science, expected June 2020
Dissertation: “The Limits of Distrust”
Advised by: Nathan Tarcov (chair), William Howell, and James Wilson

M.A., Political Science, 2014
M.A. Thesis: “Putting Faith in the Devil in Machiavelli’s Discourses

Baylor University, B.A., University Scholar concentrations in Political Science, Classics, and Great Texts, 2012, magna cum laude
Thesis: What Happened to Public Deliberation?
Advised by: David D. Corey

Work in Progress
Political Faith and Machiavelli’s Discourses
Distrust and the American Founding
What Is Democratic Trust?

Teaching
Teaching Assistant
-The American Presidency, Winter 2019
-Introduction to Political Theory, Winter 2019, Spring 2016
-Political Leadership: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Autumn 2015
-Introduction to American Politics, Autumn 2015

Workshop on Teaching in the College, Chicago Center for Teaching, September 24-25, 2014

Academic Service, Professional Development, and Work Experience
Reviewer for The American Journal of Political Science
Mentor, University of Chicago Political Science Association, 2016-2017
Editorial Assistant, Leo Strauss Center 2013-2016
Social Sciences Minority Graduate Student Workshop, 2012-2014

Workshop and Conference Participation
Upcoming
Stephanie M. Ahrens, “Trust in the Government, Distrust Each Other: A Democratic Dilemma,” to be presented at the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy’s Shawnee Trail Conference, April 2020.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “What Is Democratic Trust?” to be presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, 2020.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “The Diminishing Returns of Relying on Distrust to Protect a Democracy” to be presented at the Duke Graduate Conference in Political Theory, February 6-7, 2020.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “The Trust That Democracy Demands,” to be presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January 2020. [withdrew due to earthquakes]

Past
Stephanie M. Ahrens, “Foundations of Distrust: The State of Political Trust in The Federalist,” presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 4, 2018.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “Foundations of Distrust: The State of Political Trust in The Federalist,” presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, January 4, 2018.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “Distrust and The Federalist,” presented at the University of Texas Graduate Conference on Public Law, Austin, TX, November 4, 2017.

Stephanie M. Ahrens, “Trusting in a Thing That Can Easily Deceive You: Political Faith in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy,” presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 17, 2015.

Discussant for Alexander Orwin, “Beauty, Diversity and Transience: Revisiting Democracy in Alfarabi and Averroes,” University of Chicago Political Theory Workshop, October 14, 2013.

Awards, Honors, Scholarships
SPSA, Prestage-Cook Travel Award, 2020
University of Chicago Social Sciences Division Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2019-2020
Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship, 2018-2019
Honorarium for University of Texas Graduate Conference on Public Law, 2017
Social Sciences Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2012-2017
Eta Sigma Phi, Honorary Society for Classical Studies, 2009-2012
William Carey Crane Scholar, Institute for Faith and Learning, 2009-2012

Languages
Spanish: reading, non-fluent speaker
Latin: reading, together with Spanish gave me a base for reading Machiavelli in Italian with the help of a dictionary
Attic Greek: beginner