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

Why Shimer?

Last year 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 am currently taking IS2 with David Shiner. I hope to one day teach across the entire core at Shimer.

Research Activity

Lacan and Religion, under contract with Acumen Publishing

“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.

“A Sophianic Mary and Consequences for Theological Aesthetics and Anthropology.” Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, Philadelphia. Oct. 22-24, 2010.

“Lacan and Theology: Getting Past the Deadlocks of Postmodernism.” AAR National Conference, Montreal. Nov. 7-10, 2009.

“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.

“Playing Along with Auden: A Performance of Selected Light Verse.” MLA National Conference, Chicago, IL. December 2007.