David Newheiser is a specialist in classic Christian thought and contemporary continental philosophy. His primary affiliation is with the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, which he joined in 2015. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and an MPhil from the University of Oxford. His research addresses the relation between secular philosophy and Christian thought with a particular focus on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Dionysius the Areopagite. He has published articles on the topics of power and biopolitics, orthodoxy and heresy, allegorical exegesis and the history of sexuality. He has an ongoing research interest in the relation between law and religion, with particular attention to arguments over religious liberty.