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Jenna Storey

Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Executive Director of the Tocqueville Program

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Jenna Silber Storey is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Affairs at Furman University. She is also Executive Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman, an intellectual community dedicated to the investigation of the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life. As Executive Director, Dr. Storey works with her colleagues to oversee a society of undergraduate fellows, an engaged living program, a political thought club, a course-and-lecture series, a summer placement program and a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Storey is also a Board Member of Veritas Preparatory School in Greenville, SC, where her three children are currently studying.

Dr. Storey received her Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from the University Professors Program at Boston University, where she also worked as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for the Boston University-Chelsea Schools Partnership. Her work has appeared in edited volumes as well as Perspectives on Political Science, The Washington Post, The Irish Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, First Things, realclearbooks.com, The New Atlantis, VoeglinView, and The Boston Globe. She has co-authored a book with Benjamin Storey, Why We are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment, which was published by Princeton University Press. In 2018-2019 she won the Silas N. Pearman award for her teaching in the Engaged Living Program.


  • Invited Lecture, “Liberal Education and Reality,” Furman Faculty Annual Retreat, 2019.
    Silas N. Pearman Award for Teaching in the Engaged Living Program, Furman University.
  • Faculty, Hertog Summer Studies Program in Washington, D.C., 2018-2019.
  • Invited Presentation, “Creating and Sustaining an Intellectual Community,” American Council for Trustees and Alumni, June 2017.
  • Invited Lecture, “The Desire for Community and the Question of Political Form,” Political Science Department, City College of New York, March 2018.
  • Invited Lecture, “Christianity and the Crisis of Liberalism,” Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, with Benjamin Storey, May 2018.
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Richard M. Weaver Fellowship, 2005-2006.
  • John M. Olin Center Junior Fellowship, 2001-2004.
  • Alumnae Speaker, Boston University Matriculation, September 2000.
  • The Director’s Prize for academic accomplishment and leadership, University Professors
    Program, 1998.
  • Scarlet Key Award for service to the Boston University community, May 1998.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, member, May 1998.
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, May 1998.
  • Edmonds Prize of Publication, Boston University, May 1995.
  • Trustee Scholarship, Boston University, September 1994-1998.