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

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jefferson Center Postdoctoral Fellowships allow 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.

Jefferson Center Postdoctoral Fellowships have been supported by generous grants from the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. We are currently building an endowed fellowship with a multi-year gift from the Jack Miller Center and matching funds from Robert Patton.


Application Information

The Jefferson Center does not currently have any openings for postdoctoral fellows.


Current Fellow


Timothy Brennan

Timothy Brennan

Timothy Brennan received his doctorate in political science from Boston College. He is originally from Sydney, Australia, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include early modern political philosophy, democratic theory, comparative constitutionalism, American political thought, and contemporary challenges to liberal democracy. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in History of Political Thought, History of European Ideas, The European Legacy, and The Journal of Politics.


Past Fellows


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 recent 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 teaches "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.

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 has published articles on Kant, Coleridge, and their influence on American intellecturals, such as the philosopher James Marsh and the painter and aesthetician Washington Allston. He now holds a tenure-track assistant professorship at Bellhaven University in Jackson, MS.

Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College in 2012, with a dissertation on the political thought of Augustine, on which he has published several articles, as well as on the political thought of Alfarabi. He is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas.

David Newheiser

David Newheiser earned his Ph.D. in Religion at the University of Chicago in 2012, with a dissertation on the theme of "Hope in the Unforeseeable God." He has edited (with Eric Bugyis) a volume of essays entitled Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God, published by U. of Notre Dame Press in 2015, and has published several articles in various journals of religious studies and theology. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry of Australian Catholic University.

Lesley-Anne Dyer Williams

Lesley-Anne Dyer Williams earned her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2011, with a dissertation on the concept of eternity in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance—which is being published in revised form as a book by the press of the Pontifical Institute at the University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor of English at LeTourneau University.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 2008, with a dissertation on Socratic persuasion. His book, Socrates and Self-Knowledge, was published by Cambridge U. Press in 2015, and he has published more than fifteen articles on Plato and classical philosophy in leading journals. He is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Penn State U.

Benjamin Lorch

Benjamin Lorch earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College in 2008, with a dissertation on moderation as a political virtue in Xenophon's Memorabilia—and has published several articles on that and related themes. He holds a lectureship in the James Madison College of Michigan State University.

Patrick Gardner

Patrick Gardner earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2003, with a dissertation on the thought of Dante, and has published several articles on that and related themes. He has been a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College since 2012.