John Miller

John J. Miller

Director of the Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism
"Our jobs as scholars and teachers is to seek the truth and impart what we know about the nature of things to our students."
— John J. Miller

Faculty Information

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University of Michigan, B.A., 1992

Professional Work

National Correspondent, National Review

Founder and President, Student Free Press Association


The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

The First Assassin

A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America

Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France

The Unmaking of Americans: How Multiculturalism Has Undermined America’s Assimilation Ethic

Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy

“What’s Wrong with Our Journalism Departments?” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, January 11, 2017 

“Who’s Afraid of Student Journalists?” Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2017 


When I discovered National Review as an 18-year-old freshman, I fell in love with opinion journalism. A decade later, I had the opportunity to join the staff of the magazine and I’ve remained on its masthead ever since. Journalism has allowed me to interview the president in the Oval Office, visit NORAD headquarters in the heart of Cheyenne Mountain, and learn how to use a stone-age throwing weapon called an atlatl—and then to write books and articles about it all.

“Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged,” says the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Our jobs as scholars and teachers is to seek the truth and impart what we know about the nature of things to our students.

Students learn journalism by doing journalism—and so participation in the campus newspaper and radio station are at the heart of the journalism program. We teach a few things in the classroom as well. Journalism is a minor, not a major, and this balance lets our students to train as journalists as well as focus on a traditional academic discipline.

I’m a professional writer, so when I’m not teaching at the college I write for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. I’m also an obsessive fan of the Detroit Tigers.

I love the students here. They are smart and hard-working, but best of all they are good people. Helping them learn and succeed is a pleasure. Also, the college has encouraged me to remain a professional writer. This provides personal satisfaction, but more important, it allows me to bring my work into the classroom and use it as a tool for teaching our students.

We mix the solid foundation in the liberal arts that all Hillsdale College students receive with specialized training in journalism that produces alumni who are ready to shape the future of their country. Our graduates have gone on to work at the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, National Review, USA Today, ESPN, Guns & Ammo, and many other places. Also, we have an excellent speaker series that exposes our students to some of the best journalists in the country.