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 heads the Freedom and...

Associate Faculty Director

Shilo Brooks

Shilo Brooks

Associate Faculty Director
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Associate Faculty Director Shilo Brooks supports the academic work of the Benson Center and helps further the establishment of the Center’s intellectual community on campus, across the U.S., and worldwide. He hosts the Center's Free Mind Podcast , leads an undergraduate reading group, and assists in developing the Center's programming. In addition, Brooks serves as faculty coordinator of the Benson Center’s Summer Institute, which attracts to the CU Boulder campus...

Program Manager

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Lily Welch

Program Manager
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization

Associate Director

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Betty Kilsdonk

Associate Director
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization

Center Affiliates

Eric Alston

Eric Alston

Leeds School of Business Scholar-In-Residence
Leeds School of Business
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Taylor Jaworski

Assistant Professor of Economics - CU Boulder
Economics
Hye-Ryoung Kang

Hye-Ryoung Kang

Philosophy Lecturer - CU Boulder
Philosophy
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Scott Powell

Director of the Aquinas Insitute for Catholic Thought
Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought at the University of Colorado
Scott Powell directs the Aquinas Insitute for Catholic Thought at the University of Colorado, where his duties include teaching theology and supervising the insitute's annual lecture series.

Undergraduate Fellows

Jay Armstrong

Jay Armstrong

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Applied Mathematics & Philosophy, '21
Ines Benavidas

Ines Benavides

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Engineering Plus, '23
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Ian Dance

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Business & Finance, '22
Joely Depoy

Joely Depoy

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Chemical and Biological Engineering, Anthropology '22
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Nick Dokoozlian

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
History, Political Science '22
Gabrielle Edwards

Gabrielle Edwards

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Chemical and Biological Engineering; Engineering Management '22
Nikki Edwards

Nikki Edwards

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Journalism; Business & Technology, Arts & Media '22
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Thomas Gahan

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Political Science, '21
Yuze Shi

Yuze (Sean) Shi

Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Psychology and Philosophy, '22
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Jeff Steele

Undergraduate Fellows
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Economics, Emphasis in Environmental Econ '22
Sydney Strecker

Sydney Strecker

Undergraduate Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Dual major in Philosophy and Political Science '24

Student Interns

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Adelle Poyton

Project Management Intern
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Adelle Poyton is a junior graduating in May of 2022. She's majoring in Humanities with an emphasis in Communication and Dance and minoring in Business.
AJ Shively

AJ Shively

Social Media and Communications Intern
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
AJ Shively is a junior graduating in May '22. He is majoring in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Advertisment and minors in Business and Philosophy.