- Early Modern Political Thought: the departure from classical thought, the turn toward a science productive of works, and the consequences of that turn.
- Greek Political Philosophy: questions concerning the good life for the individual, the community, and the tension between the two.
- Medieval Jewish and Islamic Political Philosophy: wrestling with the tension between the divine legalistic understanding of human life and the rational or philosophic pursuit of this knowledge.
- Contemporary Considerations of Scientific Proposals: determining on what basis we should judge our pursuits worthy of our time and effort.
- Political Judgment and Practical Reason: Investigation of the applicability of modern methodological procedures for making political decisions that successfully take into account real benefit for the political community. Additionally: the compatibility of American deliberative institutions with successful judgment.
- Comedy, Politics, and Philosophy: A lot of work has been done discussing the nature of tragedy and its relationship to political and philosophic life. Tragedy's counterpart, comedy, however, is both neglected and also promising. I am interested in the the effects of comedy on political life and comedy's relationship to the philosophic life.