Michael Lamb


Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb, McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow, Harris Manchester

Michael holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College, and a second B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

His research focuses on the ethics of citizenship, the relationship between religion and politics, and the role of virtues in public life. His interdisciplinary dissertation, A Commonwealth of Hope: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Religion in Augustine’s Political Thought, offers the first extended analysis of Augustine’s virtue of hope and recovers resources from Augustine to inform contemporary political theory and practice. His broader interests include ancient and modern political thought, religion and politics, democratic theory, ethics and public policy, politics and literature, virtue ethics, and environmental ethics.

In addition to studying political theory, Michael also has practical experience in American politics. He has served as chief of staff for campaigns for state senate, Governor, and U.S. Congress in his home state of Tennessee. With experience leading campaigns, teaching courses on ethics and public policy, and advising colleges on civic engagement, Michael is currently working to help launch the Oxford Character Project, which aims to help postgraduate and professional students in various fields — including government, law, medicine, business, engineering, and academia — think about the role of moral leadership in their professions.

Recent publications include:

  • ‘Aristotle on the Ethics of Communicating Climate Change,’ with Melissa Lane, in Clare Heyward and Dominic Roser, eds. Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘A Passion and Its Virtue: Aquinas on Hope and Magnanimity,’ in Marlene Block and Ingolf Dalferth, eds., Hope (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming)