Contributor Profile

Guy Aiken

Guy Aiken currently serves as a PLT research fellow and was an assistant teaching professor at Villanova University from 2019 to 2021. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the humanities at Villanova from 2017 to 2019. Guy completed his PhD in religious studies at UVA in 2017, with a dissertation on American Quaker humanitarianism in Germany and Appalachia between the world wars. He recently published a monograph with Brill on Quaker mystic Thomas Kelly, and has published articles in The Tocqueville ReviewPeace & Change, and Diplomatic History. He is currently finishing a commentary on Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” for a new social reading app called Threadable. Guy’s dissertation got him intensely interested in nonviolence, and he designed and taught a course at Villanova on American nonviolence and the civil rights movement. A graduate also of Queens University of Charlotte and UNC-Charlotte, Guy was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He loves to act and sing, and he lives in Charlottesville with his wife, dog, and baby daughter.