Ross Carroll

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Blow 151
Email: [[rcarroll]]
Phone: 757-221-3019
Webpage: {{}}

Research Interests

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


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 writing a book about the politics of ridicule in eighteenth-century Britain provisionally titled Politics with Contempt: Ridicule from Shaftesbury to Wollstonecraft.  He mainly teaches courses in Modern Political Thought (GOVT 304) and Ancient Political Thought (GOVT 303).