updated January 20, 2020
Ahrens CV, PDF
History of political thought, political philosophy, political virtues, American political theory, democratic theory, American politics
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?
-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
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]