St. John's College, Annapolis
Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John's College where she teaches across the liberal arts. She writes in defense of intellectual activity for its own sake, as against its use for economic or political goals. She is currently writing a book on intellectual life and why it matters for Princeton University Press, based on essays that have appeared in First Things, Modern Age, and The Washington Post. Her scholarly work has focused on the political thought of Plato and Aristotle, especially the question of how law cultivates or fails to cultivate human excellence. She received an MPhil in Classics from Cambridge and studied Social Thought and Philosophy at the University of Chicago before finishing her PhD in Philosophy at Princeton.