Elvin T. Lim

Elvin T. Lim is Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and the author of The Anti-intellectual Presidency (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is a two-time winner of the Sara Norton thesis prize at the University of Oxford, where he took a B.A. (First Class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Politics. He researches and teaches courses in American politics in general, and on campaigns, immigration, the media, political communication, political development, public opinion, and the presidency in particular.


Volume 96

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Guests on Volume 96: David A. Smith, on the beginnings of the National Endowment for the Arts and the capacity of the arts in a democracy for combatting atomistic individualism; Kiku Adatto, on how images, words, and ideas interact in a visually saturated culture and on how the image of a person's face in a photograph has the capacity for intimate representation of inner personhood; Elvin T. Lim, on how presidential speeches have been dumbed down for decades and why presidents like it; David Naugle, on the deeper meaning of happiness, the disordering effects of sin, and the reordering of love made possible in our redemption; Richard Stivers, on the technologizing of all of life; and John Betz, on the critique of the Enlightenment offered by Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788), and why it still matters to us.