Matthew Shafer

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Graduate School Student


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My work is situated at the intersection of critical theory and intellectual history. Ongoing lines of research deal with the political dimensions of religion, with historical and conceptual issues in the study of violence and nonviolence, and with normative questions in the philosophy of social science. My work is thus interdisciplinary in its concerns and its methods; I’m completing my en route MA through the Yale History Department and am pursuing with interdisciplinary certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Before joining the PhD program, I completed a BA in philosophy at Yale and an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, where I held a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and wrote a thesis on Quaker nonviolence in Cape Town under apartheid.

Fields of Interest:

  • Political Theory

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