David Frisch

David Frisch is a senior Angier B. Duke Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa majoring in Political Science with a concentration in normative political thought and minors in History and Religious Studies. His core research interests lie at the intersection of politics, history, and religion. David has explored these interests in the Visions of Freedom FOCUS cluster then as president and three-time House Course Instructor for the Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community. Meanwhile, David has also volunteered courthouse childcare specialist and for three years as a court advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Building on those experiences, David has treated child protection and family law as his primary case study for the critical importance and limits of religious and cultural tolerance.

Two grants from Duke University have funded his work on the topic in US courthouses, at historical archives in Spain, and as an invited Visiting Researcher at the Monash University Law Faculty in Melbourne, Australia. He developed the theoretical foundations for this research by pursuing interdisciplinary coursework at Duke, studying political theory at New College, Oxford and the history of political thought at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After Duke, David will pursue an MPhil in Politics (Political Theory) at Oxford University as one of the Canterbury Institute’s Barry Scholars.

Faculty Advisor: Geneviève Rousselière

Honors Thesis:
Novel Gallantry in the French Revolution