Andrew Gibson

politics and history

As a political theorist in training, I am enjoying reading a wide range of histories while narrowing the scope of my dissertation project. As it is currently conceived, my project evaluates the U.S. reception of Florentine political thought in the early 1940s. This project looks at a few of the following themes: the life and work of figures like James Burnham, Felix Gilbert, Edward Mead Earle; the Princeton Military Studies Group; and the early development of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). 

Over the course of my academic career, my interests have focused particularly on ancient Greek and Roman political thought (Plato, Xenophon, Livy); republicanism in Renaissance Florence (Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Savonarola); and 20th cent. German engagements with technological modernity (Heidegger, Jünger, Schmitt). Recently, I've been drawn to the history of "realist" international relations theory.

As a second-year Ph.D. student at Georgetown, I am eagerly seeking fellowship opportunities that could broaden my professional network and refine my strategic thinking. 

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