Aaron A. Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an Italian translator. Once a Fulbright Scholar based in Bologna, Italy, he currently serves on the editorial board of Teoria Politica, a journal of political theory based in Turin, Italy, and as a referee for the journal Diacronìa: Rivista di storia della filosofia del diritto.
He is completing his doctoral dissertation on the twentieth-century Italian political and legal philosopher Norberto Bobbio. Aaron is also currently editing and translating an anthology of Norberto Bobbio’s essays to be published by the University of Toronto Press, tentatively entitled In the Labyrinth of Politics: Essays on Democracy, Human Rights, and the Law.
Aaron has broad teaching experience at UCLA and UCR in political science and Italian history and culture. As a lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), he taught “Introduction to Political Ideologies” and “Introduction to Democratic Theory.” As a Teaching Associate at UCLA he has taught in the departments of Italian and Political Science, as well as for the UCLA Honors Collegium.
His research interests span the fields of political theory, political economy, sociology, legal theory, and Italian culture and history. In the areas of economics and finance, Aaron is interested in index- and factor-based investing; ESG considerations; functional finance and macroeconomic policy; and theories of financial stability. He participated in the Hyman Minsky Summer Seminar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College in 2018.
Aaron has worked at Google and as a research associate in the publications department at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.