The Claremont Institute is happy to announce our 2012 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 have selected 14 impressive Fellows. 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 22-July 7, 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 by teaching the next generation of America's opinion and policy leaders.
The 2012 Publius Fellows:
Sam Bellows is a Program Officer at the Jack Miller Center, where he assists in the planning and execution of all of the Center's programs. He received a B.A. in Government with a focus in modern political thought from Skidmore College. Mr. Bellows was an Honors Fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and in 2010 received Skidmore's Erwin L. Levine Prize for outstanding work in American political thought.
Patrick Christy is a Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative. He was previously a Senior Foreign Policy and National Security Analyst for the Republican National Committee. Mr. Christy's writings on defense policy and foreign affairs have appeared in the The Commentator, The Diplomat, National Review Online, and The Weekly Standard. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.
Theresa Civantos is an Editorial Assistant for The Weekly Standard. Ms. Civantos received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Liberal Studies with a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. During her undergraduate tenure, she was an Honors Fellow for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a Witherspoon Institute Scholar, the Wire Editor for Notre Dame's daily newspaper, The Observer, and secured an internship in the Editorial Department of FoxNews.com.
Will Dunham is the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Tom McClintock. His legislative portfolio includes the budget, entitlements, and military affairs. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Federalist Society Capitol Hill Chapter. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Dunham worked at the Heritage Foundation as an intern for Dr. Edward Feulner and as a Staff Writer. He attended Hillsdale College and graduated from its Honors Program with a degree in English and a minor in Chemistry.
Lewis Fallis is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Theory and Public Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Interested in the use of fiction in American political commentary, Mr. Fallis has received numerous awards for his creative writing, including First Place in Literary Criticism and Fiction in the Burleson Writing Contest. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Government with minors in History and English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen Ford is the Research Manager at Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington D.C., where he oversees the Center's research, writing, and publications on political, historical, and constitutional issues. He has previously held internships with The Heritage Foundation, the Office of Representative Heather Wilson, and the Rio Grande Foundation. Mr. Ford graduated magna cum laude in Political Science with a minor in History from Hillsdale College.
Daniel Geary is a Development Officer at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Ph.D. candidate in American Politics at Boston College. He was previously a Research Assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, assisting scholars in economic policy. Mr. Geary received a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.
Charles C. Johnson is an independent writer living in L.A., and the author of a forthcoming book on Calvin Coolidge. He has worked for the editorial offices of TheWall Street Journal, Breitbart.com, and The New York Sun. Mr. Johnson's work has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The L. A. Times, City Journal, The New Criterion, Reason, and The Claremont Review of Books, and he has been the recipient of both the Robert L. Bartley Fellowship and Eric Breindel Award at the WSJ. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Government and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Kathleen McCaffrey will graduate in 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy and History from Cornell University. As a Wall Street Journal Robert L. Bartley Fellow, she worked in London researching, editing, and writing pieces for the paper's European edition. In 2008, Ms. McCaffrey founded R&M Political LLC, a boutique political consulting firm specializing in youth outreach. She has also attended the Charles G. Koch Foundation's Summer Fellowship and served as the Executive Editor of The Cornell Review.
John Peterson is pursuing a Ph.D. in Politics at the University of Dallas's Institute of Philosophic Studies, where he is also an Earhart Fellow. Mr. Peterson's research interests include modern political theory and the American founding, and he has published on innovation in Aristotle and the family in Locke. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, MD.
Jeremy Rozansky will graduate in June 2012 with an A.B. in Political Science and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts from the University of Chicago. At Chicago, he co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the University's conservative quarterly, Counterpoint. Mr. Rozansky was a fellow with the Hertog Political Studies Program, attended the Tikvah Summer Seminar at Princeton University, and interned for National Affairs in Washington D.C. In August he will start as Assistant Editor at National Affairs.
Steven Serna will begin pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University in the fall of 2012. He is currently a Research Assistant at Pomona College and undertakes work on classical political thought, the American Founding, and bioethics. He has published scholarly articles in Perspectives on Political Science on abortion and human enhancement and his current project examines the relation between love and human embodiment. Mr. Serna holds a B.A. in Politics from Pomona College.
David Wilezol is a Producer for William J. Bennett's nationally syndicated radio show Morning in America. In addition to his production duties, Mr. Wilezol provided research and conducted interviews for Dr. Bennett's most recent book, The Book of Man, and his other writings have appeared in National Review Online and the Washington Times. He received his B.A. in History with a minor in International Relations from American University, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Latin from Catholic University of America.
William Zeiser is a Communications Associate at Revere Advisors in New York, where he develops media and messaging strategies for major policy organizations, foundations, and publications. Prior to his work at Revere, Mr. Zeiser was a Press Officer at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a New York City Urban Fellow at the NYPD's Office of Management and Analysis Planning. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the Fordham University College at Lincoln Center Honors Program.