Director

Daniel Jacobson

Daniel Jacobson

Director • Bruce D. Benson Professor of Philosophy
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Daniel Jacobson works on a range of topics in ethics, moral psychology, aesthetics, and the moral and political philosophy of J. S. Mill. He has published extensively on issues concerning sentimentalism, the philosophy of emotion, and freedom of speech. Jacobson has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Princeton University Center for Human Values. He founded and headed the Freedom and...

Associate Faculty Director

Taylor Jaworski

Taylor Jaworski

Associate Faculty Director
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Taylor Jaworski is an associate professor in the Department of Economics. His research and teaching interests are in economic history and economic geography. Jaworski has been a regular participant in Benson Center faculty seminars and a host/panelist in several events including lectures with Jared Rubin , Noel Johnson , and the Hamilton: The Man Behind the Musical CU faculty panel discussion. Jaworski received his BA from The George Washington University,...

Program Manager

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Alexandra Roberts

Program Manager
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization

Scholars in Residence

Alan Kahan

Alan S. Kahan

Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Alan S. Kahan was the visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy for the 2021-22 academic year and is returning for the 2022-23 fall term . Kahan, a historian, political theorist and author, is professor of British Civilization at the Université de Paris-Saclay. Kahan is the author of Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville (Oxford, 1992); Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century...

Visiting Researcher

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

2022-23 Visiting Research Professor
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
J.A.T. Smith is the Benson Center’s sabbatical fellow for the 2022-23 academic year. She will serve as a Visiting Researcher Jennifer Smith (PhD, UCLA) is an Associate Professor of English, Coordinator and founder of the Digital Humanities Minor, and the Associate Director of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University. In her time there, she has received an award for excellence in teaching as well as a major...

Faculty Fellows

Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess

2022-23 Faculty Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program, a faculty affiliate in Economics, and a fellow at the Cooperative Institute in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). His research interests are economic growth futures and their environmental impacts, natural resource management and conservation, mathematical modeling of human-environment systems, and political polarization of environmental issues. Burgess has worked extensively on promoting intellectual diversity and dialog on campus, including organizing the CU...
Paul Diduch

Paul Diduch

2022-23 Faculty Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Paul Diduch is an instructor in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society and directs the Herbst Certificate for Engineering, Ethics & Society and the Herbst “Culture Wars in Rome” study abroad program at CU Boulder. Diduch considers himself first and primarily a scholar of ancient philosophy, mainly Platonic philosophy, and secondarily a student, teacher, and researcher of the history and philosophy of science, with special emphasis on the...
Benjamin Teitelbaum

Benjamin Teitelbaum

2022-23 Faculty Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Benjamin Teitelbaum is associate professor of Ethnomusicology, International Affairs. For over a decade, he has worked as an ethnographer of European reactionary intellectualism and rightwing expressive culture. Teitelbaum says, "Having long rejected standard imperatives to research these topics as an activist, I have come to value with heightened urgency principles for which the Benson Center is a primary ambassador on campus, namely, free speech and free inquiry."

Center Affiliates

scott powell

Scott Powell

Faculty, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Scott Powell is a teacher, theologian and author. Currently, he teaches at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and is an affiliate of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Scott and his wife, Annie, founded Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic outdoor adventure program for youth based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He holds a doctorate in Catholic Studies from...

Administrative Assistant

AJ Shively

AJ Shively

Administrative Assistant
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
AJ Shively graduated in May '22. He majored in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Strategic Advertisement and has minors in Business and Philosophy.

Student Interns

Alisa Johnson

Alisa Johnson

Project Management Intern
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Alisa is a senior graduating in December of 2023. She is majoring in Economics and Violin Performance and also minoring in Mathematics.
Jeff Steele

Jeff Steele

Undergraduate Fellow • Media and Communications Intern
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
History, '22