I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University. In the fall of 2016, I will join the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Thank you for your interest in my work.

My main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought. My interests include ancient political thought (especially Aristotle), early-modern and modern European political thought, the political theory of the economy, and theories of history. Prior to Yale, I graduated with first-class degrees from the Universities of Oxford (B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Cambridge (M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History).

At Yale, I am also part of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSPT).


Dissertation: The Currency of Justice. Money and Political Thought

Dissertation committee: Seyla Benhabib (Chair), Bryan Garsten, Karuna Mantena, Adam Tooze (Columbia University, Department of History), and David Singh Grewal (Yale Law School).

My dissertation project seeks to recover an appreciation for currency as a central political institution both in the history of political thought and today. By studying five moments of monetary crisis and the imprint they left in the history of political thought I shed light on the changing role of currency, questions of monetary justice, and the politics of depoliticization. Much of the project is framed through a probing of different analogies and disanalogies between money and speech that raise questions of reciprocity and trust. I am particularly interested in Aristotle, Locke, the German Romantics, John Maynard Keynes, and Habermas in this context.

More information on my dissertation can be found here. My other current research projects and articles are listed under Research.



Yale University, Expected May 2016
Ph.D., Political Science
M.A., M.Phil., Political Science, 2014

University of Cambridge, 2010
M.Phil., Political Thought and Intellectual History
First-Class Honours & Distinguished Performance

University of Oxford, 2007
B.A. (hons.), Philosophy, Politics and Economics
First-Class Honors & Distinction in Prelims


Contact information

Department of Political Science
Yale University
Rosenkranz Hall
115 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8301
E-Mail: stefan.eich@yale.edu
Twitter: @stefeich

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