Dr. Prestritto teaches a class
Politics, Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship

Ronald J. Pestritto

Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Politics, Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution


B.A. Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1990

M.A. Politics, Claremont Graduate University, 1992

Ph.D. Political Science, Claremont Graduate University, 1996

Awards, Memberships, & Fellowships

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, 2014

Academic Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, 2011

Earhart Foundation Fellowship, Most Recently 2009

Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, 2005

Michael A. Haggard Fellow, University of Dallas, 2005

Research Fellowship, Claremont Institute, 2003

John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship, 2003

Presidential Award, University of Dallas, 1996

Select Publications

American Progressivism. Edited and introduced by RJP and William J. Atto. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008.

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. Edited and introduced. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.

Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding. Edited, with Thomas G. West. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.

Challenges to the American Founding: Slavery, Historicism, and Progressivism in the Nineteenth Century. Edited, with Thomas G. West. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.

The American Founding and the Social Compact. Edited, with Thomas G. West. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003.

Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America.  DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.

Courses Taught

POL 101: U.S. Constitution

POL 202: American Political Thought

POL 214: Modern Political Philosophy II

POL 307 / 503: Administrative Law

POL 403: American Progressivism and Liberalism

POL 404 / 747: American Conservatism

POL 407 / 622: The Federalist

POL 624: American Progressivism

POL 801 / 802 / 803: Doctoral Seminar