The Claremont Institute is happy to announce those selected as our 2009 Lincoln Fellows. Lincoln Fellowships are offered to professionals serving elected officials or appointed policy-makers in the federal government, as well as staff members of national political parties, non-profit institutions that research and publish on public policy and constitutional issues, political editorialists in the media, and State policy professionals and politicians.
Begun in 1996, the Lincoln Fellowship program now boasts over 100 alumni, a list of which may be found here. These include senior staff of United States Representatives and Senators, White House staff and speech writers, and senior advisors in numerous U.S. Departments and agencies.
This year the Lincoln Fellows program will be held August 8-16, in Newport Beach, California. The program features intensive seminars on the theory and literature of the American Founding, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, and the rise of modern liberalism and the administrative state, all with a view to recovering constitutional government and the moral conditions of free society.
|Andrew Breitbart is publisher of the news portals Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv. His latest endeavor, Big Hollywood, is a group blog off of Breitbart.com on Hollywood and politics. His column, "Big Hollywood," appears weekly in the Washington Times and he co-wrote the best-selling attack on celebrity culture, Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon. Mr. Breitbart was also the primary developer for The Huffington Post, but disavows all responsibility for its content.|
|Brian Callanan is a Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, Mr. Callanan worked at the law firms Cooper & Kirk and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, was a speechwriter for a U.S. Senator from Maine, was communications director for the New Jersey Republican Party, and was a Legislative Correspondent and Legislative Aide to a New Jersey Congressman. Mr. Callanan holds a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.|
|Seth Cooper is the Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Director & Amicus Counsel at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and is also an Adjunct Fellow with the Free State Foundation. Prior to his position at ALEC, Mr. Cooper was Staff Counsel to the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus, clerked for Justice James Johnson at the Washington State Supreme Court, and was a Law & Policy Analyst at the Discovery Institute. Mr. Cooper holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he was president of the Federalist Society, and a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to filing amicus briefs before the U.S. and State Supreme Courts, Mr. Cooper has written for the New York Sun, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Forbes.com.|
|Matthew Field is a Ph.D. candidate at the Carl Albert Congressional Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Field is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving in the office of Rep. Dan Lungren, and a former Civitas Fellow at the Center for Public Justice. He is currently completing his dissertation, entitled Congress, the Court, and the Constitution: Constitutional Deliberation in Congress. Mr. Field holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. in History and M.A. in U.S. History from Western Illinois University. While an undergraduate, he also interned for Rep. John Shimkus and Sen. Connie Mack in Washington, D.C.|
|Jon Fleischman is the founder and publisher of FlashReport.org, which was formerly the FlashReport e-mail newsletter on California Politics, and the President of the Fleischman Consulting Group. Mr. Fleischman has extensive experience in local and state government, including positions as Deputy Director for Public Affairs for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, as a campaign staffer for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, as Special Assistant to Congressman Ed Royce and then to State Senator John Lewis, as State President of the California Republican Assembly, as Campaign Coordinator for Proposition 227, as Campaign Manager for Gloria Matta Tuchman for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, as Executive Director of the California Republican party, and as a member of the city of Irvine's Planning, Transportation, and Community Service Commissions. Mr. Fleischman has served as the elected Vice Chairman South of the California Republican party since 2007. He holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton.|
|Jamie Fly is Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked in the executive branch, both at the National Security Council as Director for Counterproliferation Strategy, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant for Nonproliferation Policy and Assistant for Transnational Threats Policy, where he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Mr. Fly has also held positions as a Research Analyst at the Republican National Committee and Research Associate for the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a regular contributor to the Weekly Standard blog, and has been published in Commentary, The New York Sun, The Weekly Standard, USnews.com, and National Review Online. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Fly holds a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from American University, and an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.|
|Terry Jones is Associate Editor of Investor's Business Daily, working mainly on the newspaper's Issues & Insights page, a widely cited daily forum of opinion. He has been a part of IBD since its inception in 1983. Before that, he worked for the Associated Press in Los Angeles and for the Pacific Basin Bureau as an assistant to the Bureau Chief at Business Week. Since joining IBD, Mr. Jones has worked at a variety of posts, starting in 1984 as a general assignment business reporter. In 1986 he was named economics correspondent, and covered the collapse of communism in 1990, traveling to Nicaragua, East Germany and Hungary to report on those nations' first democratic elections. Later that year, he became the paper's first National Issues Editor, with responsibility for all political and economics coverage and oversight of IBD's Washington Bureau. Mr. Jones is a member of the American Economics Association, and has taught both microeconomics and macroeconomics courses at the undergraduate level. He has won a number of awards for his writing. His media appearances include the Financial News Network, the Larry Kudlow show, Fox's O'Reilly, the Dennis Miller Show, the Dennis Prager Show, the Michael Medved Show, Pajamas Media TV, and the Glenn Beck Show. Mr. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in English and General Literature, and a master's degree in urban planning, with a specialization in development economics, from the University of California, Los Angeles.|
|Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editor of National Review Online, and a nationally syndicated columnist with United Media's Newspaper Enterprise Association. Ms. Lopez has also written and edited for the print edition of National Review, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Stars and Stripes, the Dallas Morning News, and the Washington Times, among other publications. Lopez is a frequent guest on radio and television programs internationally, from PBS and CNN to Vatican Radio. She is a frequent speaker about politics and religion, including to students at Harvard, Yale, and Mount Holyoke. In 2002, Ms. Lopez and National Review Online were awarded the Center for Military Readiness Spotlight Award for national-defense coverage. In 2003, she was named a "Remarkable Pro-Life Woman" by Feminists for Life for her "Culture of Life" reporting and commentary. Ms. Lopez is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied politics and philosophy. Before National Review, she worked at the Heritage Foundation.|
|Robert Porter is a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has worked as a summer associate for the law firms Sidley Austin and Kirkland & Ellis, as well as on the Romney-Healey 2002 gubernatorial campaign as a policy advisor and personal aide. Mr. Porter holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He has also studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he earned an M.Phil. in Political Theory and is currently a D.Phil. candidate.|
|Richard Reinsch is the Program Officer at Liberty Fund, Inc., a position which allows him to reach thousands of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty through numerous academic conferences each year. A former Humane Studies Fellow and Charles G. Koch Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies, Mr. Reinsch also held a William Blackstone Fellowship while in law school. From 2004-2007 he practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Mr. Reinsch is currently in the process of publishing Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counter-Revolutionary through ISI Books, and has published in Society and the University Bookman. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.|
|Mead Treadwell is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, founded by former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel, where he has focused on missile defense, Arctic and natural resource policy. He is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, a seven-member panel which establishes goals for the $400 million U.S. Arctic Research Program. He was appointed to the Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001 and designated chair in 2006. As chair, he has helped the nation develop a new Arctic policy, and has served on U.S. delegations to the eight-nation Arctic Council. In private life, Treadwell is CEO of Venture Ad Astra (VAA), an investment firm developing geospatial and imaging technologies. He is chairman of Immersive Media Corporation, a public company, and ZuluTime, two firms in which VAA has invested which helped establish, respectively, Google's StreetView service and methods in commercial and military platforms used to supplement GPS with wireless networks. Mr. Treadwell served on NASA's Lunar Base Working Group in the early 1980's and provided support to the NASA Exploration Task Force in the late 1980's. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation in the Hickel Cabinet from 1990-1994, as a director of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation from 1994 to 1999, and as a director of the Prince William Sound Science Center/Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute, an endowed research program he worked with Congress to create after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Mr. Treadwell has taught as an adjunct professor of business at Alaska Pacific University and holds a B.A. in history from Yale and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.|
Yuri Vanetik is President and CEO of Vanetik International. He has served as an executive in the financial sector and has advised boards and principals of public and private companies. Mr. Vanetik continues to serve on corporate boards, boards of non-profits, and political organizations and has focused in the past several years on public policy at the State and Federal level. He is a sworn peace officer, Commissioner of the Orange County Sherriff's Council, and a distinguished member of and Sergeant in the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Special Services Bureau, and Los Angeles Sherrif's Department Professional Advisory Council. Mr. Vanetik served as State of California Co-Chair for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, on Senator McCain's "Kitchen Cabinet," and was appointed to the Homeland Security Council for Region 1 in 2006, where he serves on the Board of Governors. Mr. Vanetik is National Trustee at the Kennedy Center National Symphony, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross. He holds a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, and was a Researcher in Political Philosophy at Oxford University.