Aaron Ancell received his PhD in Philosophy from Duke University in 2017. Before joining the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. Aaron’s research aims to bridge the gap between our democratic ideals and the actual state and practices of contemporary democratic societies. In his dissertation, Aaron argued that prominent theories of liberalism and democracy wrongly neglect the social and psychological mechanisms that explain some of the most troubling features of modern political life such as polarization and partisan animosity. During his fellowship at the Center, Aaron will work on developing a normative account of the place of technocratic regulatory agencies within democratic political systems.