Benjamin Miller

 Benjamin Miller

Contact Information

319 David Kinley Hall

Office Hours

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-noon
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests

  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Ancient Political Thought
  • Citizenship Education
  • Justice and the Family
  • Political Behavior

Research Description

My research covers two major fields, Ancient Greek Political Thought and Contemporary Democratic Theory. 

My research on Aristotle aims to answer two major questions: How should we understand the ethical and political thought of Aristotle, and how can thinking about Aristotle help us understand contemporary democracy and education for citizenship? I am especially interested in contemporary appeals to Aristotle to justify educational programs for civic training in the United States.

My contemporary research sits at the intersection of democratic theory and empirical research on citizen competence. The two main questions I try to answer with this research are: (1) What is the impact of empirical research about citizen incompetence on our understanding of democracy, and (2) How can we design better democratic institutions and practices in light of the fact that all human beings suffer from major irrationalities and biases in their decision-making?

I also have interests in issues related to politics of the family, and ethics of having children.

Education

  • Ph.D. Stanford University, Department of Philosophy
  • M.A. Stanford University, Graduate School of Education
  • M.A. University of Auckland, Department of Philosophy
  • B.S. Northeastern University, Department of Philosophy & Religion
  • B.S. Northeastern University, Department of Psychology

Courses

  • Classical Political Thought
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • Intro to Political Theory
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Justice in Politics
  • Children, the Family, and Social Justice