Jonny Thakkar completed his PhD at the University of Chicago's Committee On Social Thought in 2013. His dissertation, "Can There Be Philosopher-Kings In A Liberal Polity? A Reinterpretation and Reappropriation of the Ideal Theory in Plato's Republic," showed that Plato can help us reconceive what it means to be an excellent citizen in a liberal democracy, despite himself being markedly illiberal and antidemocratic. This project had three stages: interpreting Plato correctly; seeing which parts of his theory could survive a transition to liberal democracy; and showing that what remained was both distinctive and compelling. The ambition was to provide an ideal that could serve as a standpoint for critiquing contemporary neoliberalism and hence to overcome the sterile opposition between ideal and non-ideal theory that has dominated much recent political philosophy. The dissertation will eventually find its way into a book, but the first step will be to publish some of the constituent research in specialist journals. At the University of Chicago, Thakkar won a division-wide competition for the (Mellon-funded) Hanna Holborn Gray three-year dissertation fellowship. He lectured extensively in the College Core program, teaching Classics of Social and Political Thought in the social sciences and Human Being and Citizen in the humanities, as well as teaching a stand-alone course on Plato's Republic and serving as coordinator of a great-books major, Fundamentals: Issues & Texts. In 2009 he co-founded a twice-yearly journal, The Point, which aims to provide rigorous but accessible commentary on contemporary life and culture, and he continues to edit and write for it. One of his essays for the journal, "Hail Mary Time," was named as a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays 2012, given a "Special Mention" in the Pushcart Prize 2013, and translated into Portuguese for the journal Forma da Vida; another, "Why Conservatives Should Read Marx," saw him interviewed on Australian public radio. At Princeton, Thakkar will coordinate and lecture in the two-semester sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: Antiquity to the Modern Period (HUM 216-219).