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John Marshall Visiting Research Fellows

Visiting post-doctoral fellows are a vital part of the center's work. Fellows pursue research within the context of the history of political, legal, economic, and constitutional ideas. Fellows present their work, conduct faculty seminars, take part in conferences, and teach upper-level courses for the Jepson School. The John Marshall Visiting Research Fellows are in residence to pursue their own advanced research on the theory and practice of statesmanship from the perspective of the history of political, legal, or economic ideas.

Visiting Research Fellow for 2016–17: Ethan Alexander-Davey

Ethan Alexander-Davey

Ethan Alexander-Davey conducts research primarily in the area of early modern and modern political thought, focusing on such themes as nationalism, constitutionalism, political economy, and leadership. He has published essays on early modern English, Dutch, and French constitutionalism in journals such as History of Political Thought and Constitutional Studies. These journal articles are based on sections of his book manuscript, Birthright Democracy: Nationhood and Self-Government in History, which examines the role of nationalism in the emergence of constitutional self-government in the West. He has also written book chapters on the political thought of Dostoevsky and other Russian conservative thinkers such as Konstantin Leontiev. He is co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times, which explores the relevance of aristocratic virtues and institutions to problems of leadership in modern democracies. His next book project will consider questions of political economy, leadership and culture in the United States with a focus on the writings of John Adams, John Dickinson, Thomas Jefferson, John Taylor of Caroline, and John Randolph of Roanoke. Dr. Alexander-Davey has held postdoctoral fellowships in the Political Science department at Washington University in St. Louis and in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at University of Virginia. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his M.Phil. from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A list his publications and working papers can be accessed here: