The Thomas Jefferson Society of Postdoctoral Fellows allows young scholars the opportunity to teach in a collegial interdisciplinary setting while continuing their own research. Fellowships are awarded to scholars in all areas of the liberal arts who have in the past 7 years completed doctoral dissertations on one or more of the great books and have shown a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the great books. The fellowships normally carry a teaching load of one course each semester and are renewable for a second year.
The Society of Postdoctoral Fellows has been supported by generous grants from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. In announcing its most recent gift to the Jefferson Center, Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, President of the Jack Miller Center, said:
"The Thomas Jefferson Center has made a remarkable contribution to education at the Austin campus and established a national reputation for excellence and innovation in a short period of time. This has been possible because of the support and encouragement of Dean Randy Diehl and the leadership Lorraine and Tom Pangle. The JMC is honored to be a partner in this work, and to provide support for these fellowships, which provide crucial help to young scholars just starting their careers."
The Jefferson Center does not have any openings for postdoctoral fellows for 2015-16.
Daniel Burns studied political science at Williams College (graduating in 2006) and then at Boston College, where he received his Ph.D. in 2012 with a dissertation entitled "St. Augustine on the Nature and Limits of Human Law." Since 2012 he has been Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas. His research in political theory concentrates on the relation between religion and politics, especially in Christian and Islamic contexts. He has published a translation of a short work by Sayyid Qutb and is completing articles on a number of thinkers and topics, including Plato, Al-Farabi, Augustine, Locke, Rousseau, Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), the Strauss-Kojeve debate, and American Catholicism. He is a member of the Neuer Schülerkreis Joseph Ratzinger/Benedikt XVI., a Germany-based group of scholars interested in studying and furthering Ratzinger's intellectual legacy.
Jonathan Koefoed earned his Ph.D. in history from Boston University with a dissertation on the American Transcendental movement. His research focuses on nineteenth-century intellectual and religious history, particularly transatlantic romantic discourses and their impact on Americanintellectuals. While currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication as a book, he is also completing articles on Kant, Coleridge, and their American interpreter James Marsh, as well as revising an analysis of the transcendentalist Catholic convert, Sophia Dana Ripley. He is teaching courses on the American Revolution and the history of religious thought.