May 17, 2022
MSU’s Department of Political Science has awarded its 2022 Teaching Award to doctoral student Jonathan Spiegler.
“Jon is an outstanding and innovative contributor to undergraduate teaching in the department. He taught a course that was very well received and entirely focused on Tocqueville’s democracy in America,” said Dr. Sarah Reckhow, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director.
Jon is the recipient of the James Madison College Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Fellowship at MSU, and teaches courses in American political philosophy, public policy, and public administration.
“I would like to thank the department for the opportunity to teach such a diverse range of courses while I was a graduate student at MSU. As a teacher, I aim to enhance my students’ ability to exercise reason. I try to bring out students’ political ideas and biases so that they can be examined and assessed with the goal of becoming better informed citizens and leaders, those who have the ability to apply their reason and logic to difficult issues they will encounter outside of the classroom,” Jon said.
Jon is a PhD student in political science at Michigan State University, specializing in political philosophy and public policy. Jon’s thesis research is a systematic study of the political thought of French philosopher and statesman Alexis de Tocqueville. He is also currently working on a study interpreting Tocqueville’s thought on race and slavery. In the area of public policy, Jon has published research on gun violence in the Policy Studies Journal and is currently working on a study comparing the effects of minimum wages and unions on economic inequality in the United States.
Jon received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Kenyon College and his master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.