William and Mary

Ross Carroll

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office : Morton 5D
Email : [[rcarroll]]
Phone : 757-221-3019

Research Interests

Political Theory, Toleration, the Enlightenment reception of Hellenistic Philosophy, Ridicule and Politics


Ross Carroll acquired a B.A. from University College Dublin and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.  He completed his Ph.D at Northwestern University in the summer of 2013.

From 2009 to 2012 Ross served as Assistant Editor of Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy.  His dissertation The Politics of Enthusiasm in Shaftesbury, Hume and Burke explored three eighteenth century responses to ‘enthusiasm,’ a toxic disturbance of the imagination then commonly associated with religious fanaticism.  He is currently working on a new project examining the use of ridicule to test the limits of religious toleration in eighteenth-century British political thought.  He mainly teaches courses in Modern Political Thought (GOVT 304) and Ancient Political Thought (GOVT 303).