Dr. Moench’s work focuses on the uniqueness of American political culture—for good and for ill. In all his writing and teaching, he rejects political tribalism and prides himself on uncovering the unconscious assumptions of both the political right and the political left. His audio journalism career dates back more than a decade, originally cutting his teeth writing hourly radio newscasts in New York and later producing award-winning, long-form reportage for National Public Radio.

He is currently a contributing writer at Tablet magazine. Previously, he taught at Arizona State University where he designed courses on comparative political thought, intellectual history, cultural studies, and public speaking. For ASU and Arizona PBS, he developed – hosted and produced – the first two seasons of the Keeping It Civil podcast, which featured fast-paced interviews on the American political tradition with scholars, writers, and public intellectuals—including David Leonhardt and Ross Douthat of the New York Times as well as Harvard University’s Robert Putnam and Danielle Allen. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Moench taught classes on the rhetoric of political belief, American political culture, and multiple writing courses for the University of Texas at Austin. He also had the privilege of serving as the Director of Communications and speechwriter for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office and the Distinguished Scholarship Advisor for the University of Utah Honors College. 

Moench’s writing has appeared in Tablet, the Washington ExaminerAmerican Political Thought, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and many other publications. In 2018, Moench completed a Ph.D. 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 economy from York University in Toronto, Ontario.

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