Alex Haskins joined the Political Science PhD program at the University of Chicago in 2013. His research focuses on the history of political and religious thought between the 17th and 19th centuries, including European, American, and East Asian thought.
His current research seeks to track how political debates over religion, conscience, toleration and social uniformity extended beyond the context of early modern Europe (17th century) into 18th and 19th century European and American thought. He argues that although legal and political justifications for religious uniformity increasingly waned as time went on, social justifications replaced them, marking not so much an embrace of expansive liberty but a refining of its context and application. Additionally, Alex is interested in 17th-19th century European and American encounters with Japan, China and Korea, as well as the developing field of comparative political theory as it pertains to the intellectual history of East Asia.
Before coming to Chicago, Alex received his Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard Divinity School with a dual focus on religion & politics and East Asian religions in 2013, and his BA in Government & Legal Studies and East Asian Studies from Bowdoin College in 2011.