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Thomas G. West
Tom West, a director and senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, is Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College. Prior to joining the faculty at Hillsdale, he was a Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas, where he taught from 1974 to 2011.
Born in 1945, West got his B.A. at Cornell in 1967 and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in 1974. He served in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1969-70. He was Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1988-89 and Salvatori Visiting Scholar at Claremont McKenna College from 1990-92.
West's Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) was the winner of the Bagehot Council's Paolucci Book Award for 2000, for the best book in American history or politics.
He is married to Grace Starry West, who teaches Classics at Hillsdale College. They have four children.
A more complete list of West's publications, including many online versions, go to "Meet the Author" on the website dedicated to West's book Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America.
Articles by Thomas G. West
Remembering Harry V. Jaffa
A comment on Wettergreen's review of two books on the Reagan 'revolution'
West and Wettergreen on Our Problems, and Tocqueville's, and David Broyles on American political philosophy
A review of The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
A review of American Political Writing During the Founding Era, 1760-1805, edited by Charles S. Hyneman & Donald S. Lutz
Thomas West and Gregory B. Smith on Natural Right and America's future
Sanderson Schaub on Thomas West, Gregory Smith and Natural Right
A review of Moral Education at Seventeenth-Century Harvard: A Discipline in Transition, by Norma Fiering
Is there a neoconservative connection?
A review of Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy by Michael P. Zuckert
Today's predominant version of separation of church and state is not only hostile to the founders' understanding, but hostile to religion.
Does Dostoevsky offer a viable alternative to the modern trends he deplores?
Thomas West discusses religious liberty as it was understood by America's Founders.