The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization is headquartered in Clinton, New York, and was founded in 2007 to promote excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism.

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Charter Fellows

  • Douglas Ambrose

    Ambrose is professor of history at Hamilton College, where he has taught since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research interests include early America, the Old South, and American religious history. His publications include Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South (LSU 1996) and The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Elusive Founding Father (NYU 2006), a volume he co-edited with Hamilton colleague Robert W. T. Martin. He has also written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Ambrose is a recipient of Hamilton College’s Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • James Bradfield

    Bradfield is the Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Economics at Hamilton College. He teaches courses in microeconomics and in the theory of financial markets. With Robert Paquette, he teaches a course on the role of property, both as a concept and as an institution, in the rise of the modern state. To an important extent, the AHI is an outgrowth of that course. Professor Bradfield has written (with Jeffrey Baldani and Robert Turner) Mathematical Economics, now published in a second edition (2005) by Thomson-Southwestern Learning, and Introduction to the Economics of Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2007). Known for years as an excellent teacher and academic advisor, he was awarded a prize for excellence in teaching in 2006 by the Hamilton Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. In 2007, the Student Assembly of Hamilton College awarded him the Sidney Wertimer, Jr., prize for excellence in teaching. He is now working on a book that will explain for a lay audience what academic economists have learned about how, and how well, financial markets promote mutually beneficial exchanges.

  • Robert L. Paquette

    Paquette received his B. A. cum laude in 1973 from Bowling Green State University; he received his Ph. D. with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester.  He has published dozens of books and articles on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (Wesleyan University Press, 1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history. More recently, his essay “Of Facts and Fables: New Light on the Denmark Vesey Affair” (co-authored with Douglas Egerton) won the Malcolm C. Clark Award, given by the South Carolina Historical Society. He has co-edited (with Stanley Engerman) The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion (University Press of Florida, 1996);  (with Louis A. Ferleger) Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (University Press of Virginia, 2000); (with Stanley Engerman and Seymour Drescher) Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2001); (with Mark M. Smith) The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2010); with Rebecca J. Fox, “Unbought Grace”:  An Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Reader” (University of South Carolina Press, 2011); He is currently working on A Grand Carnage (Yale University Press), a study of the largest slave insurrection in United States history and, with Douglas Egerton, Court of Death:  A Documentary History of the Denmark Vesey Affair (University Press of Florida). In 2005, the University of Rochester invited him to return to his alma mater to receive the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement.  A recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Historical Association, the National Endowment of the Humanities,as well as for the AHI from VERITAS, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Watson-Brown Foundation, Armstrong Foundation, Apgar Foundation, Jack Miller Center, and Charles G. Koch Foundation. In 2007,  Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2006-2008, he served on the  Scholars Council of the Jack Miller Center. In 2008 he was appointed to the advisory board of the Cobb Forum on Southern Jurisprudence and Intellectual Thought of the Watson-Brown Foundation.  That same year President George W. Bush forwarded Paquette’s nomination to the Senate for a seat on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, the American Freedom Alliance awarded him the Heroes of Conscience Award. He has taught at Hamilton College for thirty years. He held the Publius Virgilius Rogers Chair in American History for seventeen years until  January 2011, when he resigned the title in protest.  In 2013 The United States Commission on Civil Rights appointed him to the New York State Advisory Committee. In 2014, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation awarded him the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.

Senior Fellows

  • H. Lee Cheek

    Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Jr., is Professor of Political Science and Religion at the University of North Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University, his M.Div. from Duke University, his M.P.A. from Western Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He previously served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Gainesville State College (University of North Georgia), as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Athens State University in Alabama, and as Vice-President for College Advancement and Professor of Political Science at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia. Dr. Cheek taught at Brewton-Parker College from 1997-2000, and from 2005-2009. In 2000, 2006, and 2007, the student body of Brewton-Parker College selected Cheek as Professor of the Year; and, in 2008, the Jordon Excellence in Teaching was bestowed upon him by the College’s faculty and administration. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Cheek served as Associate Professor of Political Science at Lee University. In 2002, Dr. Cheek was given Lee University’s Excellence in Scholarship award; and in 2004, he received Lee University’s Excellence in Advising award. In 2008, Western Carolina University presented Dr. Cheek with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic and Professional Achievement.

    He has also been a congressional aide and a political consultant. Dr. Cheek’s books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004); an edition of Calhoun’s A Disquisition on Government (St. Augustine’s, 2007); a critical edition of W. H. Mallock’s The Limits of Pure Democracy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2007); a monograph on Wesleyan theology (Wesley Studies Society, 2010; reprinted, 2012); and an edition of the classic study, A Theory of Public Opinion (Transaction/Rutgers, 2011). He has also published dozens of scholarly articles in academic publications, and is a regular commentator on American politics and religion. Dr. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson (I.S.I. Books), a study of the American Founding (Continuum Books), and a book on Patrick Henry’s constitutionalism and political theory. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Humanitas, The Political Science Reviewer, Anamnesis, The University Bookman, and as a Fellow of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters (elected). Cheek has been a Fellow of the Wilbur Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, the Center for Judicial Studies, and the Center for International Media Studies. Dr. Cheek lives in Vidalia, Georgia, with his wife, Kathy B. Cheek, a teacher of ballet and yoga, and their cats, Sophie and Mr. Macavity.

  • Theodore J. Eismeier

    Eismeier is Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where he has taught since 1978. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. with Distinction from Yale University. A recipient of the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teacher Award, he teaches courses in American political institutions and public policy and regularly directs the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program. He is the editor with Douglas W. Rae of Public Policy and Public Choice (Sage, 1979). He is the author, with Philip H. Pollock, of Business, Money, and the Rise of Corporate PACs in American Politics (Quorum Books, 1988), and has published widely in professional journals on the subject of campaign finance. He is currently working on a project on the Hudson River and the Politics of Place. He resides in Clinton and Poughkeepsie with his wife Betsy.

  • Joseph R. Fornieri

    Fornieri is Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York, where he teaches American politics, political philosophy, and constitutional rights and liberties. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln’s religion and politics. He is also the author or editor of three other books on Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and statesmanship: The Language of Liberty: The Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln (2003; revised ed. 2009); (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) Lincoln’s American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives (2005); and (with Sara V. Gabbard) Lincoln’s America, 1809-1865 (2008). His Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman will be published in the spring, 2014. In addition, Fornieri has co-edited (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) An Invitation to Political Thought (2009), an introductory text to the classic political thinkers of the Western tradition from Plato to Nietzsche.

    Fornieri has won several teaching awards at RIT, including the Provost’s Award for outstanding teaching for junior faculty in 2002 and the Eisenhart Award for outstanding teaching for tenured faculty.  He was a Fulbright Lecturer, 2008-2009 in Prague, Czech Republic where he taught American political thought and First Amendment Law at Charles University.  He lives in Fairport New York with his wife Pam, his two daughters Bella and Natalie, and his two stepchildren J.J. and Helena. On the side, he plays guitar in a blues band.

  • Eric R. Hannis

    Hannis is a Senior Fellow for Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC.  His previous positions have been on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon, on active duty military service as a U.S. Air Force officer, and in private sector government relations. His articles on national security and foreign affairs have been featured in, or cited in, U.S. News & World Report,,,, GX–The Guard Experience (official magazine of the National Guard), among other publications. In the private sector, he was Vice President and head of the defense practice at The Russ Reid Company, a government relations firm, as well as Executive Director at Etherton and Associates, a defense consulting firm.  While at both firms, Hannis represented both small and large defense companies on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon, as well as in other government agencies.

    Hannis currently serves as a Lt Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.  His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge, gold level.  He graduated with honors from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity, and holds a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law with a certificate of specialization in international law.

  • Ann Hartle

    Hartle is professor of philosophy at Emory University where she has taught since 1984. She has her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research is focused on the history of philosophy, especially early modern philosophy, and political philosophy. She is the author of four books: The Modern Self in Rousseau’s “Confessions”: A Reply to St. Augustine (Notre Dame, 1983), Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry Into the Nature of Philosophy (SUNY Press, 1986), Self-Knowledge in the Age of Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996), and Michel de Montaigne: Accidental Philosopher (Cambridge University Press, 2003).  With Sheila O’Connor Ambrose, she co-edited volume 4 of History and Women, Culture, and Faith: Collected Papers of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Currently she is working on a second book on Montaigne, Montaigne and the Origins of Modern Philosophy. She and her husband are members of St. Joseph’s Maronite Catholic Church in Atlanta.

  • Pamela K. Jensen

    Jensen is Professor of Political Science at Kenyon College, where she has been teaching since 1979. She received her A.B. degree from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She teaches courses in modern political philosophy, the introduction to politics, politics and literature, and African-American political thought.  Her scholarly interests include the philosophy of Montesquieu and Rousseau, Shakespeare, and the writings of African-American thinkers on liberal democracy. She has published essays in several journals and books on these subjects. She is contributing editor of Finding a New Feminism: Rethinking the Woman Question for Liberal Democracy. She was named Harry Clor Professor of Political Science for a five year term, and received the Trustees’ Senior Faculty teaching award at Kenyon in 1998 and the Senior Cup, given by Kenyon’s senior class, in 2000. She also served a two-year term on the national council of the American Political Science Association and a term as president of the Ohio Association of Scholars. She was project director for the We the People Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded to Kenyon College in 2007 to establish the Center for the Study of American Democracy. She has a daughter, Rebecca, and three grandchildren, Col, Lily, and Quinn. She lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

  • Robert P. Kraynak

    Kraynak is Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, Department Chairman, and Director of The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. He came to Colgate in 1978 from Harvard University, where he received his Ph. D. in government. He teaches courses in the fields of political philosophy and general education, including courses on American political thought. He received the Colgate Alumni Corporation’s “Distinguished Teaching Award” in 2006. His published books are History and Modernity in the Thought of Thomas Hobbes (Cornell University Press, 1990), Christian Faith and Modern Democracy (Notre Dame University Press, 2001), and In Defense of Human Dignity, edited with Glenn Tinder (Notre Dame University Press, 2003). He is a contributing author to Human Dignity and Bioethics, published by the President’s Council on Bioethics. Kraynak served in the U. S, Army Reserves, is the faculty advisor to the College Republicans at Colgate, and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church in the village of Hamilton, N.Y., where he lives with his wife, Sandra, and their four children.

  • Daniel J. Mahoney

    Mahoney is Augustine Professor of Distinguished Scholarship and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1986. He received his Ph.D. from Catholic University in February 1989. His areas of scholarly expertise include statesmanship, religion and politics, French politics and political philosophy, and antitotalitarian thought. His books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992, 1998 for the French edition), De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (1996, 2000), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From Ideology (2001, 2008 for the augmented French edition) and Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity (2005). He has also edited or co-edited many books including, most notably, The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005(2006).  Mahoney’s essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of public and scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have also appeared in French, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Norwegian, Czech, and Russian translation. His latest book, The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends, was published by ISI books in 2011. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Prix Raymond Aron, an award named after the distinguished French political thinker, who renewed Tocqueville’s conservative-minded liberalism and vigorously opposed totalitarianism in all its forms. Mahoney lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

  • Claudia Nelson

    Nelson earned her A.B. in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1980 and her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University in 1989. She is presently Professor of English and Cornerstone Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2003 and where for four years she directed the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research focuses on Victorian literature and childhood/family studies. In addition to several edited or co-edited volumes, her publications include Boys Will Be Girls: The Feminine Ethic and British Children’s Fiction, 1857-1917 (Rutgers University Press, 1991); Invisible Men: Fatherhood in Victorian Periodicals, 1850-1910 (University of Georgia Press, 1995); Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption in America, 1850-1910 (supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and winner of the Children’s Literature Association’s award for the best scholarly book); Family Ties in Victorian England, and Precocious Children and Childish Adults: Age Inversion in Victorian Literature, forthcoming, 2012 from Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • David Nichols

    Nichols is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. Before coming to Baylor, he was the Director of the Honors Program at Montclair State University, and has taught at Fordham University, Claremont McKenna College, and served as the Olin Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia. Nichols has also worked as a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. His works includeThe Myth of the Modern Presidency (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994) (Arabic translation published 2002); “Constitutional Controversy and Presidential Election: Bush v. Gore” in The Constitutional Presidency, Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey K. Tulis, eds. (John Hopkins Press, 2009); and Readings in American Government (ed. with Mary Nichols) (Kendall/Hunt, 8th ed., 2010).  In addition to his work on the presidency, Nichols writes on topics in American political thought, constitutional law, the American presidency, political parties and politics, literature and film.  He and his wife Mary reside in Waco Texas, and have two sons, Keith and John.

  • Mary Nichols

    Nichols is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University. Before coming to Baylor in 2004, she taught in the political science department at Fordham University, in the Honors program at the University of Delaware, and as Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University. She teaches courses in the history of political philosophy, politics, and literature, and politics and film. Her books include Socrates and the Political Community: An Ancient Debate (SUNY Press, 1987); Citizens and Statesmen: A Commentary on Aristotle’s Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1992). Her book, Socrates on Friendship and Community:  Reflections on Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She and David Nichols co-edit Readings in American Government (Kendall/Hunt, 8th ed., 2010). She serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Politics and Perspectives on Political Science.  She is also director of the project, “Contemporary Media and the Great Books: A New Approach to the Classics,” a curriculum package that studies seminal texts in Western thought in conjunction with classical and contemporary American films. She and her husband David have two sons, Keith and John.

  • Juliana Geran Pilon

    Juliana Geran Pilon earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Her latest book is The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World, published by Transaction in 2016, which  also released, in 2013, a new edition of her autobiographical book, Notes From the Other Side of Night, and Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve, in 2011. Other books include: the anthology Cultural Intelligence for Winning the Peace (2009), Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice (2007), the anthology Every Vote Counts: The Role of Elections in Building Democracy, which she co-edited with Richard Soudriette (2007), and The Bloody Flag: Post-Communist Nationalism in Eastern Europe — Spotlight on Romania (1991). Her anthology on civic education, Ironic Points of Light, was published in Estonian and Russian in 1998. She has also helped write and edit a textbook on civic education used, in country-specific versions, throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, endorsed by the Departments of Education in those countries. Over the years she has published more than two hundred articles and reviews on international affairs, human rights, literature, and philosophy and has made frequent appearances on radio and television. Dr. Pilon has taught at several colleges and universities including the National Defense University, Air University’s Language and Culture Center, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, American University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Institute of World Politics, where she was director of the Center for Culture and Security. In 2014, she helped found the Daniel Morgan Academy. From 2010 to 2013, she directed the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C. During the 1990s, she was first director and later vice president for programs at IFES (The International Foundation for Election Systems), where she designed and managed a wide variety of democratization-related projects. She has held post-doctoral fellowships in international relations at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and at the Institute of Humane Studies. During the 1980s she was Senior Policy Analyst in United Nations Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

  • Michael Rizzo

    Rizzo is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.  He majored in economics at Amherst College, where he was graduated magna cum laude in 1996. After graduation he worked for several years as an investment banker at Putnam, Lovell and Thornton (PLT) in New York City. He received graduate degrees in economics at Cornell University, an M. A. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2004. Professor Rizzo’s fields of specialization include the economics of education, labor economics, applied econometrics, and environmental economics. He also serves as a faculty research associate with the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute and as a consultant with Scannell & Kurz, Inc., an enrollment management firm based in Rochester, NY.

    Professor Rizzo is working on two books:  one on economic aphorisms and another on the economic, logical, and moral inconsistencies inherent in some of our most deeply held beliefs.  His also specializes in teaching basic economics to non-academic audiences. He has published articles on economics in a wide variety of newspapers and has appeared on Fox News and many other national media outlets. Professor Rizzo maintains a blog, “The Unbroken Window,” designed as an educational resource to elevate public literacy in economics. Professor Rizzo lives with his wife Rachel, their daughter Amelia and son Isaac, and their two Boston Terriers in Bushnell’s Basin, NY.

  • Janice Hauge

    Hauge is Associate Professor, Associate Department Chairperson, and Director of Graduate Admissions, in the Department of Economics at the University of North Texas (UNT), and is a recognized authority on telecommunications policy research. A recipient of UNT’s President’s Council Teaching Award, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and strategic behavior. Hauge began teaching at UNT in 2003. She also publishes research focusing on competition policy and regulation, primarily addressing the telecommunications and broadband industries.  From 2005 to 2009, she worked as a tutor and project supervisor for the Master’s Program in Telecommunication Regulation and Policy at the University of West Indies.  She currently is chairman of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and has served since 2005 as Senior Research Associate at the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida.

    After earning a B.A. degree in American Studies and Economics from Hamilton College in 1989, Hauge earned a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in 1991 and her Ph.D. from University of Florida in 2001. While at Hamilton College, she qualified for commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps.  She was an honor graduate in the leadership training course and graduated first in her class of 1988.

Resident Fellows

  • David Frisk

    David Frisk received his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University in 2009 with specialties in American politics and political philosophy. He is also a graduate of Reed College with a degree in history.  His publications include If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement (ISI Books, 2012), a comprehensive biography of a significant conservative leader that was favorably reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and several other major outlets. Frisk taught American government at Concordia University in California and worked at the Claremont Institute. An alumnus of the National Journalism Center and a former award-winning newspaper reporter, he has published numerous opinion articles in the Jefferson Policy Journal of the Thomas Jefferson Institute in Virginia as well as essays for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal California and for the Claremont Review of Books. He is one of several contributors to the 2013 edition of The Political Science Reviewer, which provides a range of scholarly commentaries on Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right.  During the spring semester of 2013, Frisk was awarded the AHI’s Theodore J. Eismeier Fellowship.  At the AHI, Dr. Frisk will continue work on a book that explores the shared principles of traditionalist and libertarian conservatism. He is organizing and will contribute to a book of scholarly essays tentatively titled The Goldwater Campaign 50 Years Later: New Perspectives. He is also preparing an essay on the Nixon presidency for a volume on American statesmanship to be co-edited by AHI Senior Fellow Joseph Fornieri of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Kenneth Deutsch of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

  • Mary Grabar

    Mary Grabar, Ph.D., has taught college English for over twenty years. She is the founder of the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., an education reform initiative that offers information and resources for students, parents, and citizens. The motto, “Resisting the Re-Education of America,” arose in part from her perspective as a very young immigrant from the former Communist Yugoslavia (Slovenia specifically). She writes extensively and is the editor of EXILED. Ms. Grabar is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.


  • Christopher Hill

    Chris Hill earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and has advanced degrees in both medieval and modern European history. He has taught at the University of Texas and Hamilton College, where he received the Sidney Wertimer Award for excellence in teaching in 2010. A legal historian by training, he is particularly interested in the relationship between religion and law during the high Middle Ages and the impact that relationship had on the idea of individual liberty in the developing English common law. An ardent critic of political orthodoxy in academe, he wrote while a graduate student a novel satirizing political correctness on a fictional college campus. The book, Virtual Morality, won the Editors’ Book Award from Pushcart Press in the year 2000. His reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal. He is currently researching the history of the concept of liberty as a Bakwin Fellow at the AHI. He and his wife, Stephanie, live with their three children in Waterville, NY.

  • Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose

    Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose earned a Ph.D. in women’s studies from Emory University in 2007, working under the direction of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. O’Connor-Ambrose edited Fox-Genovese’s posthumously published Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die (ISI Books, 2008), and, with Ann Hartle, she co-edited Explorations and Commitments: Religion, Faith, and Culture, Volume IV of History and Women, Culture and Faith: Selected Writings of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (University of South Carolina Press, 2012). O’Connor-Ambrose is working on a book about contemporary novelist Gail Godwin. She and Douglas Ambrose, AHI Charter Fellow, co-direct the Christopher Dawson Society for the Study of Faith and Reason. They have three children, Antonia, Augusta, and Dominic, and live in Utica, New York.

Board of Academic Advisors

  • Hadley Arkes

    Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions, Amherst College

  • Richard Brookhiser

    Independent Scholar

  • Peter Coclanis

    Albert R. Newsome Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Candace de Russy

    Independent scholar

  • Seymour Drescher

    University Professor, University of Pittsburgh

  • Marc Elias

    Firmwide Chair, Perkins Coie law firm, Washington, D.C.

  • Stanley Engerman

    John Munro Professor of Economics, University of Rochester

  • Paul Finkelman

    President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center, Albany Law School

  • Eugene D. Genovese


  • Elizabeth Fox-Genovese


  • Robert P. George

    McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

  • Maurice Isserman

    Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, Hamilton College

  • Roger Kimball

    Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books

  • Daniel Littlefield

    Carolina Professor of History, University of South Carolina

  • Harvey Mansfield

    William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, Harvard University

  • Kenneth Minogue


  • Thomas Pangle

    Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Texas, Austin

  • Roger Pilon

    Founder and Director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies

  • Paul Rahe

    Professor of History, Hillsdale College

  • Jay Sekulow

    Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice

  • Colleen Sheehan

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Villanova University

  • Justin Shubow

    President, National Civic Art Society

  • Mark Smith

    Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina

  • John Stauffer

    Professor of English, American Literature, and Language, Harvard University

  • Richard K. Vedder

    Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University

  • Michael P. Zuckert

    Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Board of Directors

  • Stephen Balch

    Dr. Balch is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University and the founder and president of the National Association of Scholars, America’s largest and most active membership organization of scholars committed to higher education reform. He holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and, for fourteen years, was a member of the Government faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and has played an important role in the founding of four other higher education reform organizations. He is the author of a variety of articles on the problems of higher education, his comments appear frequently in the media, and he has spoken before academic and general audiences on many campuses.

  • J. Hunter Brown

    Mr. Brown was graduated from Hamilton College with an A.B. in English & French and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Xavier University.  He is the founder and principal of Watson Wilkins & Brown, LLC, an investment management and business consulting firm. Previously, he served in various global capital markets capacities with J.P. Morgan. From 1999-2013 he served as a director of an initially publicly owned, now private, company in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee. He has previously served as a director of National Auto Credit, Inc., then a NYSE listed company.  He is a member of the Board of Executive Advisors to the Finance Department of the Williams College of Business of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Xavier Student Investment Fund, an enhanced fixed income index fund managed by the students. He has previously served as a longtime trustee of the Wilton Historical Society.  Mr. Brown was the founding President of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

  • Josiah Bunting III

    General Bunting was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He subsequently studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career, General Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal–2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes: President, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); President, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and Superintendent, VMI (1995-2003). General Bunting has published four novels, including The Lionheads (G. Braziller, 1972), a best-seller that was selected by Time Magazine as one of “The Ten Best Novels” of 1973. More recently, he has completed several works of non-fiction An Education for Our Time (Regnery 1998) and a biography Ulysses S. Grant (Times Book, 2004). He is chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s National Civic Literacy Board and president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He also serves on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Harlan Calkins

    Mr. Calkins was graduated from Hamilton College in 1954 with a BA as a chemistry major.  He is the chairman and CEO of Rochester Midland Corporation, a leading supplier in North America of industrial cleaners and other chemical products.  Mr. Calkins serves on the boards of numerous business and philanthropic organizations, including  Security Trust, Highland Hospital, the Al Sigl Foundation, and Rochester Telephone, all in Rochester, New York as well as Norstar Bank, in Buffalo, New York;  and Malden Trust, in Malden, Massachusetts.  At Hamilton College he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and DT, Was Los, and Pentagon societies. He co-captained the soccer and baseball teams. In 1956-1957, he served in the United States Army in counter-intelligence while stationed in Japan. In 2010, Mr. Calkins was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.

  • Richard A. Erlanger

    Mr. Erlanger, a 1963 graduate of Hamilton College, has spent his entire career advising, managing, and investing in venture and private equity portfolio companies as an individual and as a member of investment groups. He has also taken full-time operating positions in troubled companies where his investment was at risk and hired successors once the operations were stabilized. His early career included stints at Arthur D. Little, Inc. and McKinsey & Company as well as GE Finance. Recent private equity and venture investments include LivHome (Home Health Care), Cape Cod Potato Chips, and Yofarm Yogurt. He graduated from the Taft School (1959), Hamilton College (1963) and Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1969-MBA Operations Research and Finance). During the Vietnam War Mr. Erlanger served as Engineering Officer on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. He has been an active participant in the AHI since its inception.

  • Jane Fraser

    Ms. Fraser has served, since 1981, as president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization for the prevention and treatment of stuttering. She received a degree in Russian and Linguistics at Bryn Mawr College and continued graduate work in both subjects at the Universite de Strasbourg, France. An experienced editor, translator, and interpreter, Ms. Fraser worked during her twenty years’ residence in France for the Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, and for the Assemblee Nationale in Paris. She has also served as editor or coeditor of numerous Foundation publications, among them Counseling Stutterers, Stuttering Therapy, Transfer and Maintenance, Do You Stutter: A Guide for Teens, Stuttering and Your Child: Questions and Answers, The Child Who Stutters: To the Pediatrician. She coauthored If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents (1988, 2003, 2007). She has also served as Member, Advisory Council, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, NIH (1996-2000); Member, Board of Trustees, Hamilton College (1991-1997). Honors include a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to further abroad her study of Russian; the Distinguished Alumnae of the Century Award from the Hutchison School, Memphis, TN in 2002; the Outstanding Service Award form the International Stuttering Association in Dubrovnik, Croatia in May 2007; and in December 2007, she was named Executive of the Year by The NonProfit Times.

  • Robert B. Hamill

    Mr. Hamill is Managing Director at Jefferies & Company, Inc., a global securities and investment banking group. Hamill has been in Institutional Sales and Trading of Leveraged Credit Products for nearly 25 years. He was previously employed by Drexel Burnham Lambert, Citicorp, JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He began his career on Wall Street at EF Hutton and Company in the Investment Banking Group. Hamill was elected a member of The Town Council of New Canaan, CT in 2009 and is serving a four year term in office. He is a member of the Hamilton College Parents Advisory Council. He is on the Board of The Litchfield Park Corporation.  He is a member of D.O.C.A., an advocacy group affiliated with The Department of Defense and The State Department. Hamill earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Economics and a Minor in Math. He earned an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School.

  • Carl Menges

    Mr. Menges received his A. B. cum laude in 1951 from Hamilton College and his M.B.A in 1953 from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1966 he joined the investment banking firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where, before its purchase in 2000 by Credit Suisse, he rose to the position of Vice Chairman. Mr. Menges also served at DLJ as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wood, Struthers & Winthrop Management Corp; Chairman, Financial Services Group; Managing Director of the Equities Division; Managing Director of the International Division; and Syndicate Manager for Banking and Institutional Sales Division. Before DLJ, Mr. Menges held the position of Divisional Marketing Manager for Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation. He was Director, Tiedemann Investment Group; Trustee and Chairman of the Planning Committee of Hamilton College; Trustee of the Boys Club of New York; and Treasurer and Trustee of Allen Stevenson School. He is a Life Trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Member, Investment and Budget Committee, Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Menges has a long-standing interest in history and the founding of the United States. In 2001 he sponsored a conference at Hamilton College on Alexander Hamilton. The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton (NYU Press, 2006) derived from that conference and is dedicated to Mr. Menges.

  • Howard D. Morgan

    Mr. Morgan is Managing Director at Argand Partners LLC. He was previously CEO and President of CHI Equity LLC. CHI Equity is the successor firm to Castle Harlan, Inc. a private equity firm based in New York city which he joined in 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he was executive director of Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP), an affiliate of Castle Harlan in Sydney, Australia. He has been a founding director and executive committee member of CHAMP since its inception. Previously, Mr. Morgan was a partner at the Ropart Group, a private equity investment firm, where he was particularly instrumental in the acquisitions and growth of Blyth, Inc and XTRA Corporation. Mr. Morgan began his career as an associate at Allen & Company Inc., working in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He is an officer and a board member of Branford Chain, Inc and its operating affiliates, and is a board member of CHAMP: AdobeAir, Inc; Ciao Bella Gelato Company; AmeriCast Technologies; the Harvard Business School Alumni Association; and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. He is a prior director of more than a dozen US, Australian, and UK businesses. Mr. Morgan received his B.A. from Hamilton College in mathematics and political science and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

  • Anne D. Neal

    Ms. Neal is president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability in higher education. Prior to joining ACTA, she served in a senior role at the National Endowment for the Humanities and specialized in the First Amendment at the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in American history and literature and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School , where she served as the first woman editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

  • James Schoff

    Mr. Schoff graduated from Hamilton College (1968) and Cornell University Law School (1972).  He subsequently spent nine years with the highly-respected law firm of Thompson, Hine & Flory (TH&F), specializing in partnership, tax, corporate and business law. In 1981, Mr. Schoff became a general partner of Diversified Equities.  In February 1993, Mr. Schoff was a Founder and served as a Director of the newly formed Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR).  Mr. Schoff was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DDR until 1998, when he became Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of DDR, and continued to serve on its board until 2002.  In 2002, he assumed the role of Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of DDR and served in that capacity until his retirement in December, 2010.  Mr. Schoff also serves as a Director of Associated Estates Corporation and as a Director of Quasar Energy Group.  Mr. Schoff is past president of the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Near West Theater.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and of several advisory boards for University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.Science, University of Notre Dame

  • David Aldrich Nelson


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  • Chip Greene

    Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP
    10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300
    Omaha, Nebraska 68114

  • John J. Vecchione, Esq.

    Valad & Vecchione, PLLC
    3863 Plaza Drive
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030

  • George Rockas

    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
    155 Federal Street
    Boston, MA 02110-1727

  • Herbert J. Downing, Esq.

    Kolvoord, Overton & Wilson, PC
    3 Main Street
    Essex Junction, Vermont 05452

  • James W. Coupe

    Attorney at law
    777 South Figueroa Street
    Suite 4700
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

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