Every summer since 1979, the Claremont Institute has brought together a select group of promising young conservatives for the Publius Fellowship. These Publius Fellows meet with the Institute's Senior Fellows and other distinguished visiting scholars to study American politics and political thought. In intensive daily seminars and relaxed evening symposia, fellows discuss great American readings—from the Founding to the Civil War, the Progressive Era, the Great Society, and the enduring disputes of liberalism and conservatism in our time. Fellows also work with the editors and writers of the Claremont Review of Books to hone the craft of political writing.
Publius Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, or journalism. This year's program was held in Newport Beach, California, from June 22 to July 6.
The 2007 Publius Fellows:
Ryan Anderson is a Princeton graduate who holds positions as a Junior Fellow at First Things and as the Assistant Director of the Bioethics Program at the Witherspoon Institute. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Program and a research assistant to Robert P. George. Ryan has published numerous articles and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Political Philosophy. In addition, he is a gifted orchestral, jazz, and solo percussion artist.
David Azerrad is a third year Ph.D. student and adjunct professor at the University of Dallas. Holding a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science, he has interned at the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, and has written for the journals Interpretation and Innovations, as well as for The London Times. For his writing Mr. Azerrad has received the Gordon Fisher Prize for Journalism, two Quebec Community Newspaper Association Awards, and two Frank B. Walker Journalism Awards.
Alexander Benard is a J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School and a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He has written on the war in Iraq and the Middle East in the Journal of Strategic Studies and PolicyWatch. Mr. Benard has interned at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel, acted as Project Manager in Dubai for the Afghanistan Reconstruction Company , and has received the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s International Law Fellowship. Mr. Benard speaks German, French, Spanish, and Latin. He plans to devote himself to public service in the area of foreign policy.
Darryn Beckstrom is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently holds a Family Facts Fellowship from the Heritage Foundation and works as Director of Research at the Wisconsin Family Council. Ms. Beckstrom is a former Chairman of the Editorial Board at Madison’s Badger Herald and a founding member of The Mendota Beacon. She has published numerous opinion editorials and is currently an instructor of Constitutional Law at the University of Wisconsin.
Brian Brenberg is currently enrolled in the joint MPA/MBA program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, where he serves as an elected Board Member and Section Representative for The Harbus, the independent student weekly publication at the business school. He is also the President of the Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship. Mr. Brenberg graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Business Administration, Finance and Marketing. He hopes to one day teach Political Philosophy at the university level.
Sandra Czelusniak is currently completing a B.A. in History at Cornell University, where she is a staff writer for the Cornell Review. She has served as an intern to Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds of New York and has worked as a research assistant at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for American Studies, a division of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies under the direction of former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III. Ms. Czelusniak plans to pursue a Ph.D. in History and to teach at the university level.
Anthony Dick is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he co-founded the Individual Rights Coalition. Mr. Dick currently works as a research and editorial assistant to William F. Buckley, Jr. at National Review. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and has served as Acting Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s internship program. Mr. Dick plans to attend Stanford Law School this fall, and would like one day to work in academia or as a public advocate for limited government.
Michael Harding holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Dallas and is currently finishing an M.A. in Politics. He has worked as an adjunct professor in the areas of Philosophy and Ethics since 2004, and currently teaches American politics at the University of Dallas. Fluent in Greek, German, and Spanish, Mr. Harding has received numerous academic awards and scholarships, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level.
John Hrabe is Communications Director for California Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel. A graduate of California State University, Mr. Hrabe has also worked as California State Assemblyman Chuck Devore’s Press Secretary. Mr. Hrabe worked to defeat Sacramento’s Arena Tax initiative last November through his advocacy in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Union, Sacramento News and Review, and on local NBC and Fox television affiliates. He intends to pursue advanced degrees in communications.
Mary Beth Mitaly is completing her final semester of coursework in the Ph.D. program in American Government and Political Theory at Claremont Graduate University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where she was a George Washington Fellow and recipient of the award for academic excellence in political science. Ms. Mitaly is currently Events Coordinator at the Claremont Institute.
David Morrell will receive his B.A. in History this May from Hillsdale College, where he has served as President of the Hillsdale Student Federation and Co-Founder and Executive Editor of the Hillsdale Conservative. He has received highest honors from the National Forensics League for his outstanding work on the Policy and Parliamentary Debate Team. Mr. Morrell has worked as a policy analyst for Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii and as a campaign manager for California’s 63rd Assembly District. Mr. Morrell has been accepted at Pepperdine Law School.
Robert Samuel currently works as an Assignment Editor at the Fox News Channel. Holding a B.A. in History and Political Science from Duke University, Mr. Samuel was the recipient of the 2005 Richard M. and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Award for Student Leadership for his efforts aimed at inspiring his peers to better understand American freedom. An Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow, Mr. Samuel has published widely in The Chronicle, and hopes to one day be an executive at a national news organization.
Dov Zigler will receive an M.A. in International Relations in May from the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from McGill University, and has worked as an analyst at the Canadian Department of National Defence. Mr. Zigler has presented papers at numerous academic conferences on Locke, Hume, Gibbon, and Burke, and was a weekly lecturer on economic theory at The Washington Centre For Internships and Seminars. He is fluent in French & Hebrew, and can read Arabic, Italian, Greek, and Latin.