B. Duncan Moench, PhDScholar. Writer. Producer.
Dr. Moench’s work focuses on the uniqueness of American political culture, for good and for ill. He prides himself on challenging the assumptions of both the political right and the political left in all his work. He also writes about secularized Mormon culture (i.e., “Jack Mormons”) and the many misunderstandings and stereotypes that persist about Latter Day Saints and the Mountain West region of the United States.
He is a Lecturer at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) at Arizona State University where he teaches courses on comparative political culture, intellectual history as well as writing. For SCETL and ASU, he hosts the Keeping It Civil podcast that features fast-paced interviews on the American political tradition with scholars, writers, and social critics. Season One of Keeping It Civil featured the New York Times’ David Leonhardt, Ross Douthat, Harvard University’s Danielle Allen, Columbia University’s Mark Lilla, and more than a dozen other prominent public intellectuals and best-selling authors.
Dr. Moench’s writing has appeared in Tablet magazine, American Political Thought, the Journal of the History of Radicalism, and many other publications. He has won awards for his long-form reporting for National Public Radio and also had the privilege of serving as the Director of Communications and speechwriter for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office. In 2018, he completed a PhD in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism from New York University and another master’s in Political Science from York University in Toronto, Ontario.