Dr. Charlie Thomas teaches political philosophy for the TFAS Asia Institute on Political Economy (AIPE) program in Hong Kong. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mercer University, her master’s and doctorate at Emory University and has been on the faculty at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia since 1994. Her philosophical interests include ancient political philosophy, philosophy and the arts and classical liberalism. She mainly teaches history of philosophy, ethics and Great Books at Mercer and she has directed the philosophy and art study abroad programs since 2000.
She is director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program and the co-director of the Center for America’s Founding Principles, in which capacity she leads faculty and student reading groups; organizes lectures, conferences and summer workshops; and directs study abroad opportunities for high school teachers interested in developing their use of primary texts and seminar pedagogies. Currently, her research focuses on the middle books of Plato’s “Republic.”