Welcome! My name is Philip Bunn, Ph.D., and I am a Lyceum Visiting Scholar with the Lyceum Program in the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University. I regularly write on topics ranging from politics to technology to literature and film.
I specialize in Political Theory and American Politics, with a focus on normative questions relating to new technology and liberty. My book project, The Heart of a Machine, examines threats to liberty identified by thinkers within the liberal tradition and expands their insights into the technological present. I also teach and research in Politics and Literature, particularly science fiction. My research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, American Political Thought, Political Science Reviewer, and Perspectives on Political Science.
I was a recipient of the Best Dissertation Prize in Political Theory (2022-23) from the UW-Madison Department of Political Science. I have been a Richard M. Weaver Fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (2019, 2020, 2022), an Adam Smith Fellow and Don Lavoie Fellow with the Mercatus Center, and a Teaching Fellow with the UW Madison College of Letters and Science.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2023. I also received my MA in Political Science in 2019 from UW-Madison, and my BA from Patrick Henry College in Government and Political Philosophy in 2017. Outside of research and teaching, I enjoy the ukulele, reading fiction, and collecting thrift store art.