The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Thomas Jefferson Society of Postdoctoral Fellows allows young scholars the opportunity to teach in a collegial interdisciplinary setting while continuing their own research. Fellowships are awarded to scholars in all areas of the liberal arts who have in the past 7 years completed doctoral dissertations on one or more of the great books and have shown a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the great books. The fellowships normally carry a teaching load of one course each semester and are renewable for a second year.

The Society of Postdoctoral Fellows has been supported by generous grants from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. In announcing its most recent gift to the Jefferson Center, Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, President of the Jack Miller Center, said:

"The Thomas Jefferson Center has made a remarkable contribution to education at the Austin campus and established a national reputation for excellence and innovation in a short period of time. This has been possible because of the support and encouragement of Dean Randy Diehl and the leadership Lorraine and Tom Pangle. The JMC is honored to be a partner in this work, and to provide support for these fellowships, which provide crucial help to young scholars just starting their careers."

Current Fellow

Philip Yoo

Philip Yoo earned his Ph.D in Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford in October 2014, with his dissertation and forthcoming book Ezra and the Second Wilderness (2017). His research focuses on a continuing interest in Pentateuchal theory with an upcoming research project centered around the Exodus and Israelite wilderness accounts and the reception of this tradition by the earliest Jewish and Christian interpreters. He will be teaching "The Bilble and its Interpreters" which includes readings from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and great discussions of these readings from more than one religious or philosophic tradition.

Past Fellows

Jonathan Koefoed

Jonathan Koefoed earned his Ph.D. in history from Boston University with a dissertation on the American Transcendental movement. His research focuses on nineteenth-century intellectual and religious history, particularly transatlantic romantic discourses and their impact on American intellectuals. While currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication as a book, he is also completing articles on Kant, Coleridge, and their American interpreter James Marsh, as well as revising an analysis of the transcendentalist Catholic convert, Sophia Dana Ripley. He now holds a tenure-track assistant professorship at Bellhaven University in Jackson, MS.