Faculty and Speakers

Faculty

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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Frank N. Pagano

St. John's College

Frank Pagano is a member of the senior faculty of St. John’sCollege, Santa Fe and Annapolis. He has taught throughout the undergraduateprogram including classes on the development of quantum physics, Euclid andNewton and seminars on Plato, Shakespeare and the Bible. He was director of the
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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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John Sawicki

Duquesne University

John Sawicki C.S.Sp., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. He has taught courses on International Relations, Catholic Thought and Security in the Modern World, International PoliticalEconomy, Terrorism, and Crisis Managemen
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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

Paul E. Singer Foundation

Aaron MacLean is the senior director at The Paul E. SingerFoundation. Previously he was foreign policy advisor and legislative directorto Senator Tom Cotton. Aaron was educated at St. John's College, Annapolis andBalliol College, Oxford, and served in Afghanistan as an infantry Marine.
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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 Brothers. He teaches the history of political philosophy, as well as diplomatic history, politics and literature.
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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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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 "Futurism
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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, Prof. Hoffpauir wrote “Plato’s Politic
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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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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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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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John P. Walters

Hudson Institute

John P. Walters is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute.From 2009 through 2020, Mr. Walters served as chief operating officer of Hudson, in which role he oversaw Hudson’s research staff and operations. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2021.Mr. Walters also directs Hudson Institute Poli
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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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