Shimer College

Aron Dunlap

Aron Dunlap joined the Shimer community in the fall of 2011 after teaching for two years at Temple University in Philadelphia. His scholarly work is focused on issues in literature and psychoanalysis, and he is currently working on a one-man show about the poet W.H. Auden featuring Auden lyrics set to song. Shimer is the most wonderful place that Aron has ever worked at.


Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts

In Brief

Aron and his wife are the band Good Dust. Aron is the faculty point person for the Shimer garden plot, wherein many delectable vegetables are brought forth. Please contact him if you want to get involved with our garden..

Why Shimer?

In 2012 I had a blast teaching a course on the thought of Hannah Arendt, in my opinion the most important political philosopher of the last century.


Ph.D., Religion
Temple University, 2008.

B.A., Cultural Poetics
Seattle Pacific University, 1999

B.A., Music, emphasis in violin performance
Seattle Pacific University, 1999


I teach in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, and have recently stared teaching Film electives (last semester: Alfred Hitchcock; fall 2014: Akira Kurosawa). I will also be teaching a seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden this fall (2014).

Research Activity

Lacan and Religion (2014)

“Jacques Lacan and the Triumph of Religion” for Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to the Present. Acumen Publishing, Durham UK, to be published in 2014.

“Grotesque Normals: Cronenberg’s Recent Men and Women.” Co-written with Joshua Delpech-Ramey. In Discourse (to appear in vol. 32.2)

An untitled poem appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of the Anglican Theological Review.

“Without Sophia, Sophia Within, Whither Sophia.” Co-written with Joshua Ramey. Volume 8, Spring 2013 issue (Mystical Texts: Black Clouds Course Through Me Undending… ) of Glossator, an online journal (

“Revolution, Paradox, and the Christian Tradition: A Chestertonian Debate between John Milbank and Slavoj Zizek.” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008.

That Audenesque Feeling that Something is Wrong: A Life of W.H. Auden in Seven Songs (One-man show)