After many years of exile in colder climes, Aaron finally returned to his home state of California, where he currently teaches social science courses at Deep Springs College. Aaron grew up in Los Angeles but departed for the Midwest, where he earned his BA (philosophy) and MA (social sciences) at the University of Chicago. His parents still claim that that his first word was “Gorbachev,” so Aaron was clearly destined for politics.
He earned his PhD in Political Science at Yale, writing a dissertation about the political thought of American theologian and intellectual Reinhold Niebuhr. During graduate school Aaron was politically active, serving as Chair of the graduate teacher union (UNITE HERE-Local 33) and representing his community for three terms on New Haven’s City Council, known as its Board of Alders.
As an editorial assistant at the Boston Review and Critical Inquiry, Aaron developed a taste for wordsmithing. In graduate school, at the Yale College Writing Center, he helped clients from many backgrounds, and across the disciplines, hone their craft so that they can clearly and persuasively convey their ideas. Aaron has taught and lectured in political philosophy, public policy, sociology, global affairs, and American politics, and enjoyed working with students on their argumentative and interpretive skills.
Aaron is an avid cook, runner, squash and tennis player, and classical music geek. A devoted cinephile from his days at “Doc Films” (Chicago’s long-running student film society), Aaron continues to explore the treasure trove of classical Hollywood and world cinema.