Benjamin Storey

Benjamin Storey

Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, the Tocqueville Program

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Benjamin Storey is the Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs. He is the Director of Furman's Tocqueville Program, an intellectual community dedicated to investigating the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life. He has been awarded the Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman award for Meritorious Teaching. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies Division of the American Enterprise Institute, and has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With Jenna Silber Storey, he is author of "Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021).


  • Visiting Fellow, The American Enterpise Institute, 2021-2022
  • Visiting Fellow, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, 2016-2017
  • Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2016
  • Inaugural Francis Bonner “American Scholar” Award, given by Furman University’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, August 2011
  • National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” Grant, 2010-2012
  • John U. Nef Fellow for Doctoral Research in Paris, 2001-2002
  • Max Steele Award in Fiction Writing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997


  • Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago
  • B.A., History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • "Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment" (with Jenna Silber Storey). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021
  • “Balancing Act,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), Humanities (The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities), Forthcoming
  • “The Pause,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), Virtue Magazine, forthcoming;
    “Of Cults and Cultures,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), Public Discourse, June 13, 2021,
  • “What We’ll Keep: Being Bored” (with Jenna Silber Storey), Washington Post, April 23, 2021,
  • “On Spending One’s Chips: Reason, Restlessness, and the Pursuit of Happiness” (with Jenna Silber Storey), ABC Religion and Ethics, May 21, 2021,
  • “Pixelated Souls” (with Jenna Silber Storey), First Things, May 2021,
  • Review of Michael Locke McClendon, The Psychology of Inequality, Review of Politics 83, Winter 2021
  • “Marc Fumaroli on Why Latin Matters,” Institute for Classical Education Blog, September 15, 2020,
  • “Remembering Marc Fumaroli,” First Things, web exclusive, July 13, 2020,
  • “Benjamin Storey on Leon Kass,” Institute for Classical Education Blog, July 1, 2020,
  • “Natural Law and Human Action,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 49 no. 3 (2020), p. 1-8
  • “Worrying Properly,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), (review of Yuval Levin’s A Time to Build), City Journal, February 28, 2010,
  • “Locke as Christian Virtuoso,” (review of Victor Nuovo’s The Philosopher as Christian Virtuoso), Review of Metaphysics, June 2019, Vol. 72, Issue 4, p. 801-803
  • “Montaigne’s Tolerance,” (review of Douglas I. Thompson’s Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics), Review of Politics, Summer 2019, Vol. 81 Issue 3, 537-539
  • “Montaigne and Modern Republicanism,” in Republicanism Ancient and Modern, ed. Will R. Jordan. Mercer University Press, Spring 2017, p. 51-66
  • “Pierre Manent’s Montaigne,” Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 45, Issue 4, Fall 2016, p. 292-299
  • Review of Pierre Manent’s “Seeing Things Politically,” Society, Vol. 53, Issue 2, Spring 2016, p. 230-233
  • “Love Conquers All” (with Jenna Silber Storey), The New Atlantis, Summer 2015, 139-163
  • “Life Without Law,” First Things, December 2014, p. 57-59;
    “Michel de Montaigne,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, vol. V, 2014, p. 1-2
  • “Tocqueville on Technology,” The New Atlantis, Fall 2013, p. 48-71. Reprinted in Science, Virtue, and the Future of Humanity, ed. Peter Augustine Lawler and Marc Guerra. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015
  • “Montaigne, Secularism, and the Enlightenment,” in Enlightenment and Secularism: Essays on the Mobilization of Reason, Edited by Christopher Nadon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013, p. 115-127
  • “Self-Knowledge and Sociability in the Thought of Rousseau,” Perspectives on Political Science, July 2012, p. 146-154
  • “Of Bookworms and Busybodies,” Furman Magazine, February 2012, p. 8-12
  • “The Problem of Admiration in Rousseau’s ‘Sad and Great System,’” Journal of Politics, July 2011, p. 735-747
  • “Liberation Biology, Lost in the Cosmos,” The New Atlantis, Summer 2011, p. 39-57
  • “Philosophy is Here to Stay,” The New Atlantis¸ Spring 2011
  • “Lessons from Venus,” (with Jenna Silber Storey), The Claremont Review of Books Special Edition, Spring 2010
  • “Rousseau and the Problem of Self-Knowledge,” Review of Politics, Spring 2009
  • “The Conservative Cosmopolitanism of Christopher Caldwell,” Doublethink Quarterly, Fall 2009