Dr. Moench’s scholarly and cultural criticism work focuses on the uniqueness of American political culture—for good and for ill. In all his writing, he rejects political tribalism and prides himself on uncovering the baseless assumptions of both the political right and the political left. His journalism career dates back twenty years, originally cutting his teeth writing hourly radio newscasts in New York, and later producing award-winning, long-form reportage for National Public Radio in Salt Lake City.

He is a contributing writer at Tablet magazine and previously a Lecturer at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University where he taught courses on comparative political thought, writing, rhetorical analysis, and intellectual history. For seven years prior, he taught similar courses at the University of Texas at Austin. For ASU, he hosted and produced the Keeping It Civil podcast that featured fast-paced interviews on the American political tradition with scholars, writers, and social critics. Season one and two of Keeping It Civil featured the New York Times David Leonhardt and Ross Douthat as well as Harvard University’s Danielle Allen, Columbia University’s Mark Lilla, and more than a dozen other prominent public intellectuals and best-selling authors. 

Moench’s writing has appeared in Tablet, the Washington ExaminerAmerican Political Thought, the Journal of the History of Radicalism, and many other publications. He also has had the privilege of serving as the Director of Communications and speechwriter for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office. In 2018, Moench 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.

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