SARAH THOMAS ’19
Chair, Young Alumni Council & Graduate Fellow, Center for the Study of First Principles · Leuven, BE
Sarah Thomas ’19 served as Associate Director of the Zephyr Institute in 2019-20. This fall, she will begin a Research Masters at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, with a focus in Metaphysics. Sarah holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies and a minor in Data Science from Stanford University. She also studied theology and intellectual history at the University of Oxford. Sarah has presented papers at Stanford University, the University of Dallas, the Eric Voegelin Society, and the Pedagogical University of Kraków. These are on metaphysics, natural law, and personalism, mainly in the thought of Paul Tillich. When she was a senior at Stanford, she co-led a quarter-long workshop on Aquinas’s Treatise on Law at the Stanford Humanities House. While an undergraduate, Sarah worked at the Stanford Literary Lab, Stanford Humanities Center, and Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. She interned at the Religious Freedom Institute, on the South and Southeast Asia Action Team. She also worked for a year as a copy-editor for the Stanford academic journal/digital salon, Arcade: Literature, the Humanities, & the World. For two years, she served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford journal of Christian thought, affiliated with the Augustine Collective. For several years, she served as music director of Stanford’s college radio station, and had a show that was mostly shoegaze and ambient drone. Sarah enjoys exploring and sharing experiences of beauty. She is grateful to her evangelical interlocutors; they helped her see what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 8:1. It has become central to how she thinks about the intellectual life.
Most life-altering primary text read during university: Anselm, Monologion