The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that former AHI Undergraduate Fellow Anderson Tuggle has been accepted for admission into Yale Law School.  Anderson, a resident of Hinsdale, Illinois and 2014 graduate of Hamilton College, is spending the current academic year in Turkey as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow.  He will begin his studies at Yale in the fall of this year.

At Hamilton College, Anderson majored in history.  His stellar undergraduate career included election to Phi Beta Kappa and receipt of both the Edgar B. Graves Prize for the highest grade point average among history concentrators and the Edwin B. Lee Jr. Prize for the best work in Asian history.  Anderson spent a semester abroad in India and wrote his honors thesis in history on “’A Bloodless Revolution: The Transition from Separate Monarchies to a Unified Democracy in the Princely States of Rajasthan, 1926-1956.”  He served as Opinion Editor and Editorial Editor of Hamilton College’s Spectator newspaper, and was a member of the Executive Board of the College Democrats.  

Anderson regularly attended and was a vigorous participant in many AHI events, where he exemplified the thoughtful engagement that typifies many AHI Undergraduate Fellows.  “Anderson is an exceptional student,” said AHI Charter Fellow Douglas Ambrose. “Not only is he smart, inquisitive, and thoughtful, but he also possesses an intellectual humility that leads him to actually listen to and consider ideas before he accepts or rejects them.  He was a joy to teach in large part because his intelligence is matched by a sincere desire to learn.”  Commenting on the news of Anderson’s acceptance to Yale, Ambrose stated, “Anderson loves challenges, he loves the life of the mind, and he loves engaging others in civil but intense discussions.  He will be an ideal law student, one that will both benefit from and contribute to Yale’s demanding academic environment.”  AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette taught Anderson as a first semester freshman.  “Anderson stood out in a very demanding class that had a daunting list of required readings and assignments,” observed Paquette.  What I will remember Anderson for, more than anything else, is that he combines intelligence with courage and character.  As a leader of the Hamilton College Democrats, he stood up to defend the work of the AHI against malicious accusations.  That young man is going places.”

All of us at the AHI congratulate Anderson on his achievements and wish him well in the challenges ahead.