Additional Faculty Information for Ronald J. Pestritto
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
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.
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
Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto is graduate dean and professor of politics at Hillsdale College, where he teaches political philosophy, American political thought, and American politics. Dr. Pestritto holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. He serves as a senior fellow of the College’s Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. He is also a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and an academic fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Dr. Pestritto earned his B.A from Claremont McKenna College in 1990 and his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University in 1996.
Dr. Pestritto has published seven books, including Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and American Progressivism: A Reader. Among his other books are an edited collection of Wilson’s speeches and writings, Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings, and Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Pestritto has written widely in the press on progressivism and the administrative state, including articles in The Wall Street Journal and the Claremont Review of Books.