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Daniel Zoumaya

Ph.D. Candidate

Ave Maria, Florida


B.A. Ave Maria University, Politics and Theology, 2018

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2020

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“What drew me to Hillsdale was the graduate program’s rootedness in the Western tradition and emphasis on political philosophy.”

~ Daniel Zoumaya


As the son of a U.S. diplomat, I spent much of my childhood overseas learning about foreign politics and international relations. For my undergraduate education I went to Ave Maria University where I first seriously studied the great books and political philosophy. During this time I spent two summers working as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Upon completing my B.A., with a desire to continue to study politics in light of the Western tradition, I decided to continue my education at Hillsdale. I ultimately hope to teach politics at the college level.

Research Interests

Political Theory

Classical Political Thought

Catholic Political Thought

Islamic Political Thought

International Relations

Conference Presentations

"Natural Law, Justice, the Common Good, and Love in Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists, Stuebenville, OH, October 2021.

"Aquinas, Locke, and Lewis on Natural Law and Tyranny." Presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, April 2021.