This June, IWP welcomed Timothy McCranor (’12) to the IWP staff, where he is serving as an Academic Advising and Success Specialist.
Tim graduated from IWP with a Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security Affairs. After working as a Strategic Communications Analyst/Arabic Linguist in Virginia for two years, Tim began pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Boston College, where his primary field of study has been political philosophy. He is currently completing his dissertation, entitled “Rousseau, Arendt, and the End of Politics,” and working on a new translation of Alfarabi’s Virtuous City. Since beginning his doctoral studies in 2014, he has also published an article on Clausewitz for the MCU Journal, edited a book, Science Fiction and Political Philosophy, studied in Germany thanks to the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, and been invited to participate in a Summer Institute on the Separation of Powers organized by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.
In his role at IWP, Tim will be working with both prospective and current IWP students, from their first exploratory conversations with the Institute to their efforts in finding a professional home after finishing their education at IWP. He will help identify appropriate programs, design course schedules, offer academic advice, and find scholarship opportunities. He will also help to strengthen IWP as an institution by developing partnerships with other colleges and organizations sympathetic to IWP’s mission, and by applying for grants to support IWP students, staff, and faculty.
Of his new position, Tim commented: “Studying political philosophy at Boston College has been the experience of a lifetime — one that never would have happened had I not studied at IWP in the first place. IWP’s increasingly rare commitment to teaching the moral and political thought of the West, and of the American founding, in particular, is a gift that deserves a return. Being invited back to IWP is therefore not simply a great opportunity to work with a devoted and thoughtful group of students, staff, and faculty, but a chance to repay in some measure what IWP has already given me.”