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Ronald J. Pestritto

Ronald Pestritto holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and is a senior fellow of the College's Kirby Center.  He teaches political philosophy, American political thought, and American politics.


Ronald J. PetstittoPestritto is the author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. He is also the author of Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America (Northern Illinois University Press, 2000). He is co-editor, with Thomas G. West, of a forthcoming series of books on American political thought.

Pestritto earned his Ph.D. at the Claremont Graduate School, and he has received fellowship grants from the John M. Olin Foundation and the Earhart Foundation. He also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, and has taught in programs sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and the Dallas Institute for the Humanities.

In 2003, he began serving as a Research Fellow of the Claremont Institute in support of his work on Woodrow Wilson and progressive thought.


Articles found on this site:
A CRB Discussion of Theodore Roosevelt
By: Robert W. Patterson, Scott Yenor, Jean M. Yarbrough, Ronald J. Pestritto
Posted: July 1, 2013
In the Winter 2012/13 CRB, R.J. Pestritto reviewed Jean Yarbrough's Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. We are fortunate that Prof. Yarbrough, the Gary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College, and Dr. Pestritto, dean of Hillsdale Col...
A Nicer Form of Tyranny
By: Ronald J. Pestritto
Posted: May 19, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII , Number 2 - Spring 2008

In order to defeat liberal fascism, conservatives will need to awaken from the progressive spell.

Leaving the Constitution
By: Ronald J. Pestritto
Posted: June 8, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI , Number 2 - Spring 2006

Goodnow's assault on the separation of powers and its connection to Hegel.

The Perils of Progress
By: Ronald J. Pestritto
Posted: August 26, 2004
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 3 - Summer 2004

The Wilsonian nature of modern America.

Reading Woodrow Wilson
By: Ronald J. Pestritto
Posted: February 13, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III , Number 1 Winter 2002/03

Pearson acknowledges both the radical nature of Wilson's arguments and their grounding in German idealism and historicism.