- B.A., McGill University
- M.A., University of Chicago
- Ph.D. in progress, University of Toronto
Simon’s research lies at the intersection of critical, rhetorical and hermeneutic theory. His dissertation explores the ways rhetoric works to shift the conditions of political possibility – what can and cannot be done and said politically. His research considers how rhetoric can function to facilitate reflection in the public sphere by asking: How and in what ways might rhetoric induce reflection and questioning? How might critical reflection and questioning be experienced and interpreted? And, finally, what do the answers to these questions tell us about judgment and the kinds of rhetoric we should cultivate, when we should cultivate them and where? Simon has broad interests in 19th century, 20th century and contemporary political theory.