Mike O'Connor is a candidate in the Master of Public Affairs Program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to entering public affairs, he was a political and intellectual historian of the United States. From 2007-2015, Mike taught U.S. history and other subjects at universities around the country. He holds a Ph.D. in American studies and a Master's degree in philosophy.

Mike is the author of A Commercial Republic: America's Enduring Debate over Democratic Capitalism. He has also published academic articles on American pragmatism and the original Star Trek series. Links to much of his writing can be found on the o'connoralia page.

Some years ago, Mike and several other “emerging scholars” sought a space to focus on the discipline of American intellectual history. To this end, they founded a blog, which quickly became an important clearinghouse for matters related to their subject. The blog generated enough interest to support an annual conference, and in 2011, the same group served as the founding members of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH). Mike served on the original executive committee, and the organization is still going strong.

He wrote consistently for the S-USIH blog from 2007-2011 and has since served as an occasional contributor there. He has also written a political column for the student paper at Texas; published book reviews for the Austin American-Statesman, the History News Network and the S-USIH blog; and served as a film reviewer for the online magazine Hybrid.

Mike lives in Austin with his wife and their three dogs.