My name is Jared Highlen and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Boston College. Prior to entering the doctoral program, I received a B.A. in History and Philosophy at Wheaton College, and an M.A. in Philosophy at Boston College.

My research interests include hermeneutics and phenomenology, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. My current project draws on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer to trace the hermeneutical ontology of Hannah Arendt’s concept of the political world. I also serve as Director of Media for the Guestbook Project, a nonprofit led by Professors Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher whose mission is to promote peacebuilding through storytelling.

I’m also a long-time musician (bass guitar) and enjoy reading, mixing cocktails, watching TV dramas, and listening to blues music.