Ronald J. Pestritto

Ronald Pestritto holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and is a senior fellow of the College's Kirby Center.  He teaches political philosophy, American political thought, and American politics.


Ronald J. PetstittoPestritto is the author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. He is also the author of Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America (Northern Illinois University Press, 2000). He is co-editor, with Thomas G. West, of a forthcoming series of books on American political thought.

Pestritto earned his Ph.D. at the Claremont Graduate School, and he has received fellowship grants from the John M. Olin Foundation and the Earhart Foundation. He also serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, and has taught in programs sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and the Dallas Institute for the Humanities.

In 2003, he began serving as a Research Fellow of the Claremont Institute in support of his work on Woodrow Wilson and progressive thought.


Articles by Ronald J. Pestritto

A Bully’s Pulpit

A Bully’s Pulpit

We modern Americans are as much the heirs of Roosevelt and Progressivism as we are of the founders and the Constitution.
A Nicer Form of Tyranny

A Nicer Form of Tyranny

In order to defeat liberal fascism, conservatives will need to awaken from the progressive spell.
Reading Woodrow Wilson

Reading Woodrow Wilson

Pearson acknowledges both the radical nature of Wilson's arguments and their grounding in German idealism and historicism.

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