Faculty and Speakers

Faculty

John P. Walters

Hudson Institute

John P. Walters is Chief Operating Officer of Hudson Institute and Director of Hudson Institute Political Studies.As COO, Mr. Walters oversees the Hudson Institute’s operations, including staff and research management. From December 2001 to January 2009, he was director of the White House Office of National Drug Contro
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Robert C. Bartlett

Boston College

Robert C. Bartlett is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds an MA in Classics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College. His principal area of research is classical political philosophy, with particular attention to the thinkers of ancient Hellas, including Thucydides, Plato, Xenophon, and Aristo
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Ronna C. Burger

Tulane University

Ronna C. Burger is the Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Professor of Philosophy, and the Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University. She is an expert on Plato and Aristotle and author of Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates On the Nicomachean: Ethics (Chicago 2008) and The Phaedo: A Platonic Labyrinth (Yale 1
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Keegan Callanan

Middlebury College

Keegan Callanan is Associate Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, where he holds the Christian A. Johnson Chair in Political Philosophy.  He is author of undefined (Cambridge, 2018) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Montesquieu (under contract, Cambridge).  His writing has appeared in publica
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Mike Hawley

Duke University

Michael Hawley is a postdoctoralfellow and Managing Director of the Duke Program in American Values andInstitutions. He previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in theDepartment of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. His primary areaof research deals with the links between
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Heather P. Wilford

Yale University

Heather P. Wilford is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Her research and teaching engages with a broad array of thinkers in the history of political philosophy, with an emphasis on Ancient philosophy and on 18th and 19th century French and British authors. She
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Frank N. Pagano

St. John's College

Mary P. Nichols is professor of political science at Baylor University. She is author of Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom (Cornell University Press, 2015), and Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her published works include
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John Sawicki

Duquesne University

Charles T. Rubin teaches courses in political philosophy at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). His recent research and publications focus on emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, and those who believe they will allow the redesign of humanity. He blogs on these topics at Futurisms
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Charles T. Rubin

Duquesne University

Charles T. Rubin teaches courses in political philosophy at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). His recent research and publications focus on emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, and those who believe they will allow the redesign of humanity. He blogs on these topics at Futurisms
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J Michael Hoffpauir

Clemson University

J. Michael Hoffpauir is Associate Director of the Lyceum Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at Clemson University. He previously taught courses in American politics and political philosophy at Hillsdale College. Along with Mark Blitz, Mr. Hoffpauir wrote “Plato’s Political
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Robert K. Faulkner

Boston College

Robert Faulkner is a research professor at Boston College where he taught chiefly about modern political philosophy and American political and legal thought. He is author of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics (2007), Francis Bacon and the Project of Progress (1993), Richard Hooker and the Politi
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Murray Dry

Middlebury College

Murray Dry is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. He is author of Same-Sex Marriage and American Constitutionalism (2017) and Civil Peace and the Quest for Truth (2004). A graduate of University of Chicago, where he co-edited The Complete Anti-Federalist (1985) with Professor Herbe
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Janet A. Dougherty

St. John's College

Janet Dougherty is a member of the senior faculty of St. John’s College, where she has taught since 1982. She has taught the entire undergraduate curriculum including classes on Euclid and Einstein, and seminars on Plato, Shakespeare and the Bible.She has lectured publicly on Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, D
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Michael Doran

Hudson Institute

Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise
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James W. Ceaser

University of Virginia

James W. Ceaser is a Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. He is the author of several boo
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Timothy W. Burns

Baylor University

Timothy W. Burns is Professor of Political Science and Graduate Program Director at Baylor University. He is also editor in chief of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and co-editor of Palgrave MacMillan’s “Recovering Political Philosophy” series. His research interests are in the history of political p
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Speakers

Elaine L. Chao

Hudson Institute

Elaine L. Chao is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute. She leads a policy program on jobs, transportation, and economic leadership.Secretary Chao is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to the President’s cabinet in American history. She has served in two cabinet positions: first as U. S. Secretary of
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Melanie Kirkpatrick

Hudson Institute

Melanie Kirkpatrick is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. She is a writer-journalist based in Connecticut and New York City. She contributes reviews and commentary to various publications, including the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal, for which she worked from 1980 to 2009. Her most recent book is Thanksgiv
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Nicholas C. Starr

St. John’s College

Nicholas C. Starr is a tutor at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM.  Prior to teaching at St. John’s, he held visiting fellowships at Emory University and the University of Virginia.  His teaching ranges across the breadth of the Western tradition and includes seminars on classical thought and the Bible through 20th cent
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Diana Schaub

Loyola University Maryland

Diana Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a Visiting Scholar in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies department at the American Enterprise Institute. A past member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society, she also served as the Garwood T
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Fred Baumann

Kenyon College

Fred Baumann is a Professor of Political Science at Kenyon College and author of Fraternity and Politics:  Choosing One's Brother's. He teaches the history of political philosophy, as well as diplomatic history, politics and literature.
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Kenneth R. Weinstein

Hudson Institute

Kenneth R. Weinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Institute. He joined the Institute in 1991, and was appointed CEO in June 2005. Weinstein was named President and CEO in March 2011.A political theorist by training whose academic work focuses on the early Enlightenment, Weinstein has written widel
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Sarah May Stern

Hudson Institute

Sarah May Stern is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School. After working for several years at Newsweek, she moved to Commentary magazine. There she served as Business Director until 2010, overseeing the magazine’s production, circulation, advertising, budget, and human-resources operations, taking a
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Nadia Schadlow

Hudson Institute

Dr. Nadia Schadlow is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. She was most recently U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy. Prior to joining the National Security Council, Dr. Schadlow was a Senior Program Officer in the International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation, wher
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Svetozar Minkov

Roosevelt University

Svetozar Minkov is Professor of Philosophy at Roosevelt University. He is the author of Leo Strauss on Science (SUNY) and Francis Bacon’s ‘Inquiry Touching Human Nature’ (Rowman), as well as a co-editor of Toward ‘Natural Right and History’ (University of Chicago), Mastery of Nature (University of Pennsylvania), Man an
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Walter Russell Mead

Hudson Institute

Walter Russell Mead is the Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute, the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College, and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Mead was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations,
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Aaron McLean

Office of Senator Tom Cotton

Aaron MacLean serves as legislative director and foreign policy advisor to Senator Tom Cotton. He was educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, and Balliol College, Oxford, and served as an infantry Marine in Afghanistan. His final assignment in the Marine Corps was teaching English literature at the U.S. Naval Academ
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Harvey C. Mansfield

Harvard University

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr.Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he studies and teaches political philosophy. He has written on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government, in defense of a defensible liberalism and in favo
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William Kristol

The Weekly Standard

William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard, is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage, and appears frequently on other leading political commentary shows. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped
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Leon R. Kass

American Enterprise Institute

Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Chair at AEI. He was the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and
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Tiernan Kane

University of Notre Dame

Tiernan Kane is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he worked at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He completed a B.A. in Classics at Princeton University and a J.D. at Harvard Law School. He has written on Cicero’s ethics, on moral integrity and religion as (distinct)
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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Frederick "Ben" Hodges

Center for European Policy Analysis

A native of Quincy, Florida, Lieutenant General (Retired) Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry.After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade
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Catherine Herridge

Fox News

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.A lead correspondent for the network’s coverag
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Mollie Hemingway

The Federalist

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist, and a FOX News contributor. A longtime journalist, her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, CNN, National Review, GetReligion, Ricochet, Christianity Today, Federal Times, Radio &
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William Galston

Brookings Institution

William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research foc
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Michèle Flournoy

Center for a New American Security

Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, o
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Jack David

Hudson Institute

Jack David is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees at Hudson Institute as well as managing his own investments. Additionally, he is an independent consultant on national security matters, especially combating weapons of mass destruction.Mr. David was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Combating We
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Senator Tom Cotton

United States Senate

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. His committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee. Senator Cotton is a 6th generation Arkansan who was born an
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Eric B. Brown

Hudson Institute

Eric Brown is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he studies Asian and Middle East affairs, international security and development, alternative geopolitical futures, and U.S. diplomacy and strategy. He is also the editor, with Hillel Fradkin and Husain Haqqani, of the review undefined. In recent years, his work h
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Peter Rough

Hudson Institute

Peter Rough is a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., where he researches a wide range of national security issues and alternate geopolitical futures. He also helps curate Hudson’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.Prior to joining Hudson, Rough collaborated with Leila Fawaz on a soci
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Aaron MacLean

Office of Senator Tom Cotton

Aaron MacLean serves as legislative director and foreign policy advisor to Senator Tom Cotton. He was educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, and Balliol College, Oxford, and served as an infantry Marine in Afghanistan. His final assignment in the Marine Corps was teaching English literature at the U.S. Naval Academ
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Mark Blitz

Claremont McKenna College

Mark Blitz is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and director of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World at Claremont McKenna College, and a fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is the author of Plato’s Political Philosophy (Johns Hopkins University Press), Duty B
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