Benjamin Sehnert

Fields of Study: Political Theory, International Relations

Areas of Interest: History of Political Thought; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Politics and Religion

Benjamin is a Ph.D. student in Political Theory and International Relations.  He received a BA in Political Science and Classics from Saint John’s University (Collegeville) in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University in 2017.  He specializes in the political thought of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Germany, with a particular focus on German existentialism and phenomenology.  By means of a historical-contextual approach, his dissertation investigates the social ontologies that ground the work of Martin Heidegger, Helmuth Plessner, and Hannah Arendt.  Benjamin originally hails from St. Cloud, MN.