Shimer College

Aron Dunlap

Aron Dunlap joined the Shimer community in the fall of 2011 after teaching for two years in the Intellectual Heritage Department 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 is the faculty point person for the Shimer garden plot as well as the Academic Support Center. Please contact him if you have interest in either growing vegetables or becoming a better writer.


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


Aron teaches in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, and has taught electives on Film, Hannah Arendt, W.H. Auden and Stephen Sondheim.

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 2015.

“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 Unending… ) 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)