The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Frisk, an award-winning journalist and independent scholar from Washington, D.C., will receive the 2013 Theodore Eismeier Fellowship.  Dr. Frisk received his B.A. in history from Reed College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, in 2009.  At present, he writes on current affairs as a Senior Fellow of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy in Springfield, Virginia.  In 2012 he published If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement, a widely-praised book on one of the crucial figures in the intellectual conservative movement founded by William F. Buckley in the 1950s.

Dr. David Frisk Speaking at the AHI on "The Election of 1980"

The Eismeier Fellowship awards a stipend of $10,000 to an ABD or postdoctoral student in political science with a focus on United States government and the American political tradition. The recipient of the award will reside, free of charge, during the spring semester, 2013, at the AHI’s headquarters located at 21 West Park Row, Clinton, New York. The recipient will have no teaching responsibilities but will be asked to mentor the AHI’s Publius Society, a gathering of students and informed citizens with a common interest in exploring important issues of the American constitutional order. Dr. Frisk will also serve as a participant in the Sixth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium, April 18-20, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York and as a resource for the AHI Undergraduate Fellows Program. Residence runs from January 21 to May 1, 2013.

“It will be an honor to join the Alexander Hamilton Institute for a semester of thoughtful scholarship and discussion of major issues facing our civilization,” Dr. Frisk commented on learning of the award.  “The AHI’s intellectual seriousness, the ability of its participants, and the courage and deep engagement of its leadership all inspire my excitement about, and gratitude for, this great opportunity.”  “Dr. Frisk comes to the AHI highly recommended by a number of very prominent political scientists,” said AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.  “Indeed, he delivered an excellent lecture on the Election of 1980 at the AHI in October.  He received numerous favorable comments from both students and adults who were in attendance.  We are delighted to have him.”

The fellowship honors Theodore J. Eismeier, an AHI Senior Fellow, who taught more than thirty years in the Department of Government at Hamilton College before retiring in 2012.