Andrew Poe teaches political theory in the Political Science Department at Amherst College. His research examines transformations in social and political thought, with special emphasis on problems in democratic theory, the history of modern European political theory, religion and politics, and political affect. Since 2009, he has been a recurring research fellow at the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, conducting a research project on political fanaticism. Currently, he is completing a manuscript on the genealogy of enthusiasm, tracing that concept’s history from a religious experience to a secularized political emotion.