The Claremont Institute is happy to announce those selected as our 2008 Publius Fellows. Publius Fellowships are offered to recent college graduates and young professionals pursuing careers in the fields of politics, education, and journalism. Begun in 1979,the Publius Fellows Program now boasts over 200 alumni, a list of which may be found here.
This year we again had a large number of competitive applicants from which we have chosen a record number of 16. They come from across the country and a variety of fields and academic institutions, and we are looking forward to another successful program.
The Publius Fellows program will be held June 25-July 9, in Rancho Mirage, 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.
The 2008 Publius Fellows:
Kathleen Arnn is a second-year Ph.D. student and H.B. Earhart Fellow at Claremont Graduate University studying political philosophy and American government. She is an associate editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the President of the Graduate Political Philosophy Association at CGU. Katy holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas, where she was a recipient of the Trustee's Award for Merit and the editor of the school's yearbook for two years. Upon completion of her coursework, she plans on writing her dissertation on the political thought of William Shakespeare.
Darren Beattie is a Research Associate for Judge Robert H. Bork at the Hudson Institute, where he is helping with research on a forthcoming book, Freedom's Paper Trail. Mr. Beattie has held Junior Tutor and Research Assistant positions for the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, where he received a B.S. in Mathematics. He has also been a Junior Fellow of the Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, and took first prize in the 2007 Jack Miller Undergraduate Essay Contest.
Evan Berquist is a Senior Assistant Program Officer in the Latin American Division of the International Republican Institute, a non-profit organization begun by President Ronald Reagan to advance freedom and democracy worldwide. Based in Washington, DC, he is responsible for managing the Institute's programs in El Salvador and Mexico. Mr. Berquist spent semesters studying abroad at the University of Havana and the University of Burgundy while majoring in History at Colorado College. He will start at Stanford Law School this fall.
Michael Breidenbach is a senior at Northwestern University majoring in American Studies and History and is enrolled in a Master of Philosophy in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. He was the recipient of the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship from the Phillips Foundation, was one of 85 Presidential Junior Fellows for the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and an Honors Fellow at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Mr. Breidenbach has interned at the Office of Communications at the White House, and has published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs and the Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review.
Thomas Codevilla is a Sales Associate at Friedman, Billings Ramsey & Co. Capital Markets in Arlington, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a B.A. with Distinguished Honors in History for his thesis on the Spanish-American War. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Virginia Advocate magazine, a recipient of an Echols Scholarship, and lettered in Varsity Track. Mr. Codevilla has interned at the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation and was recently chosen as a Prague Fellow by the Collegiate Network.
Justin Dyer is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Public Law and Political Theory, where he is also a teaching assistant and Supplemental Instructor. Mr. Dyer has published opinion editorials in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Austin American-Statesman. While an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, he was a regular op-ed columnist for the Oklahoma Daily, was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006, and was on the Varsity Wrestling Team.
Trent England is Director of the Citizenship & Governance Center at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington State. Mr. England has been a Visiting Fellow and Legal Policy Analyst at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for State Representative for the 26th District in Washington State, and a City Council candidate for the4th District in the City of Bremerton. Mr. England has appeared for debates and interviews on various radio programs in Washington and nationally, and has testified before the Washington State House and Senate. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
Alexis Hamilton is a senior at Davidson College in North Carolina where she is majoring in Political Science and Religion. Ms. Hamilton is Co-founder and Deputy Director of The Davidson Reader, a campus magazine, and was a News Section Editor and Senior Staff Writer for The Davidsonian, the college's weekly newspaper. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in journalism and politics.
Melinda Haring is a freelance journalist and English teacher in Kiev, Ukraine. Her work has been featured in The Press-Enterprise and Brainwash, and broadcast and published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Previously, she was an Advocacy and Communications Officer at Freedom House. Ms. Haring is a graduate of Grove City College, where she assisted Paul Kengor with his best-selling book, God and Ronald Reagan.
Claire Landiss is a Ph.D. candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, where she is a Century Fellowship recipient. Ms. Landiss is also currently an Associate Editor and Ghostwriter at the Kare Gantz Zahler Literary Agency. She was previously Managing Editor at Powerhouse Books, Inc., and has held research assistantships at Sarah Lawrence College and Queensborough College in New York. Ms. Landiss recently enrolled in a M.St. program in English at Oxford. She plans on blending her literary skills with political journalism to comment on culture and politics in America.
Patrick Maloney is Political Director of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio. Mr. Maloney has held positions as Congressman Steve Chabot's field representative in Cincinnati, his Constituent Liaison for Veterans Affairs and Immigration, and the Political Director of his 2004 campaign. Mr. Maloney is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College, and plans to pursue a career in public service.
Julia Rybicki is Program Coordinator for the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation, where she previously worked as an intern. She has also interned at the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ms. Rybicki is a graduate of the University of Dallas, where she received a B.A. in Politics. Additional honors from the University of Dallas include a Hatton Sumners Foundation Scholarship, departmental honors for a senior thesis, and the Willmoore Kendall Award in Political Philosophy, awarded to the best student in the Politics Department.
Alison Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Boston College and Research Coordinator at Revere Advisors LLC, a boutique public opinion and policy consulting firm. Ms. Smith hasworked with the Center for the American University at the Manhattan Institute, heldTeaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions at Boston College, an externship at the U.S. Department of Education, and has received Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. and H.B. Earhart fellowships. She holds a degree in Leadership Studies and Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
Dustin Stephens is an Associate Producer for the Documentary Unit at Fox News Channel. He has produced investigative programs on Hezbollah's fundraising in America and the Iranian nuclear threat as well as specials on the Virginia Tech massacre and President George W. Bush's final year in office. Prior to his current position, he was a researcher with Fox News Channel's "Brainroom." Mr. Stephens has held internships with the John Stossel Unit at ABC News and CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. He graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Religious Studies.
Jordan Teti is a senior majoring in Government at Harvard. Mr. Teti is Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Ichthus, a journal of Christian thought. He has co-presented research on the American Presidency at the Midwest Political Science Association National Conference, is a recipient of Harvard's Detur Book Prize, and received the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's DeVos Leadership Award. Mr. Teti was an intern for the Director of the Senate Republican Conference in 2005. He plans to attend law school in the fall and pursue a career in public service.
Hans Zeiger is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy with a specialization in American Politics and International Relations at Pepperdine University, and is a Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union. He is the author of two books, Reagan's Children: Taking Back the City on the Hill, and Get Off My Honor: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Zeiger has held positions as a Freelance columnist for the Seattle Times NEXT op-ed page, as a Columnist for World Net Daily, and as a guest writer for numerous publications, including the Washington Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Human Events. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Hillsdale College.