Featured Seminars

Tocqueville in the French Context

Montesquieu and the Characteristics of French Liberalism 

Natural Law: the Rock 

Louis de Bonald: Interpreting the Post- Revolutionary World

Joseph de Maistre on Constitution-Making

Nationalism: Between Revolution and Counter-Revolution

In Search of the Power to Govern: From Necker to De Gaulle

Masterclass on the Thought of Raymond Aron

The Legacy of Blaise Pascal

Former Guest Speakers

Academia Tocqueville 2023 students

Teresa Angulo

Teresa Angulo is currently a dual degree master's student in Public Policy and Public Administration at Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, where she specializes in Management and Public Affairs (Sciences Po) and International Security Policy and Gender (Columbia). She is a Graduate Fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society in Washington, D.C., and has a double B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of the Americas Puebla. Teresa co-authored the e-book: ¿Cabemos las mujeres panistas en el feminismo contemporaneo? ("Do the women of the National Action Party fit into contemporary feminism?") (2023).

Andre Brilliant

Andre Brilliant is an undergraduate student at Stanford University currently studying Classics on a Greek and Latin language track. Recently, he has recently researched the fall of Constantinople, and enjoys playing tennis and salsa dancing.

Tyler Castle

Tyler Castle is PhD student in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, with concentrations in constitutional studies and political theory. His core interests are in Christian political thought and its compatibility with liberal democracy and political moderation. Previously, Tyler spent nearly a decade at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, where he directed its Initiative on Faith & Public Life and contributed to its broader academic outreach efforts.

Chloe Ezzo

Chloe Ezzo is a graduating senior on track to graduate summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in French and Russian. She was the President of the Dartmouth Republicans and most recently hosted an event with Chloe Cole, a young detransitioner who is speaking out about the lack of informed consent in gender affirming care. Chloe plans to continue her research with Dr. Mikhail Gronas to develop a free speech social media platform to facilitate open debates online. Chloe is also a freelance journalist and has been published in several outlets including The College Fix, The Chicago Thinker, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mendel Jacobson

Mendel Jacobson, a New York City native, serves as Director of the Truman Scholars Program and Chief of Staff of the Lobel Center for Jewish Classical Education at the Tikvah Fund. He graduated from rabbinical school in 2020 and has completed fellowships with the Public Interest Fellowship, the Tikvah Fund, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Hertog Foundation. He will be attending law school this fall.

Gabriel Ozuna

Gabriel Ozuna is an alumnus of Yale University '16 and a graduate student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley studying frontier and borderlands history. He is particularly interested in 19th-century Catholic politics in the United States and Latin America and is writing his master's thesis on the contributions of French Catholic missionaries to the Texas-Mexico borderlands. His professional background includes public history, education policy, and historic preservation.

Jack Bevacqua

Jack Bevacqua is a PhD student in constitutional studies and political theory and a University Presidential Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include early and late modern political thought, religion and politics, French political thought, and the history of political thought.

Edward Campbell

Edward Campbell is a first year Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, focusing in Constitutional Studies and Political Theory. Before coming to Notre Dame, Edward earned a BA with highest honors in Political Science and Classical Languages and Cultures from Vanderbilt University, where he wrote his honors thesis on the intellectual origins of the Federalist Society.

Maria Cortez

Maria Cortez holds a BA in History from Columbia University, an MSt in History from the University of Oxford, and a Master's (1 and 2) in Political Behaviour from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Her qualitative and ethnographic research investigates cultural backlash theory, reactionary antimodernist thought, and the diverse political attitudes and psychology of young far-right activists and voters in France.

Kaila Hall

Kaila Hall is a rising junior studying Government and French at Cornell University. This summer, she is interning in the United States Congress and working with the House Judiciary Committee. Previously, she participated in the James Madison Program Seminar on the Theory and Practice of Statesmanship at Princeton University.

Jeffrey Liu

Jeffrey Liu completed a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is currently reading for an MPhil in Politics and International Studies where he has focused on International Law and Political Theory, and will start a DPhil in Politics this fall. His research examines the political and legal thought of Carl Schmitt and how it relates to debates surrounding the environment.

Aramis L. Perez

Aramis L. Perez is an independent communications and strategy consultant with experience in advocacy, culture, and arts, as well as financial services. He serves as the Miami Coordinator for National Review Institute's Burke to Buckley Fellowship. Aramis holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard and is the Founder of the Miami-based Floreat Center, launching in the Fall of 2023.

Mathis Bitton

Mathis Bitton is an incoming political theory PhD student at Harvard. He is interested in contemporary Chinese thought, liberalism and its critics, and the politics of technology. Born in France, raised in the UK and New Zealand, he has worked on French political campaigns and at American think tanks. His writings have appeared in National Review, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, and Quillette, among others. He graduated from Yale College with a BA in Political Science.

Paul Carpenter

Paul Carpenter holds a BA in History from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Hon.), and is currently studying Religion at Lyon University. He is also interning at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in the Preventing Violent Extremism section, where he conducts research on the impact of religion on the Ukrainian and Russian diasporas. Next year, he will enter the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes' Religious Sciences graduate program to prepare a thesis on human rights in Jacques Maritain's diplomatic career.

Michael DeFelice

Michael DeFelice serves as the Conferences and Development Coordinator for the Thomistic Institute, a part of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, where he is also completing a Masters in Theology. He studied Philosophy at Georgetown University, where he received the department's Ryan Medal. In college, he served on the board of the Tocqueville Forum Student Fellows and as Outreach Coordinator for the Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life.

Brandon Hoang

Brandon Hoang is a graduating senior who studied International Relations at Stanford University, where he also wrote an honors thesis about French and Italian Christian democratic parties with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He served as the Co-President and head of undergraduate faith formation ministry with the Catholic Undergraduate Student Association on campus. In his spare time, he also enjoyed writing for the Stanford Review and for Stanford Vox Clara.

Blake Mueller

Blake Mueller is a fourth-generation Oklahoman. He recently completed his degree in History at Columbia College, and plans on attending law school after working for a few years.