Virtue & Power
Consider the relationship of virtue to political power.
Jenna Silber Storey
Jenna Silber Storey is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University.Â Her research and writing is focused on the relation of politics and theology in the work of Carl Schmitt and Pierre Manent.
Benjamin Storey is Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University.Â His interests focus on the history of political philosophy.Â He is currently completing a book entitled The Restless Age:Â Four French Thinkers on the Quest for Self-Understanding in an Unsettled Modernity.
Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. His principal area of research is classical political philosophy, with particular attention to the thinkers of ancient Hellas, including Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle. He is the co-translator of a new edition of AristotleâsÂ Nicomachean Ethics.
Vickie Sullivan is a Professor of Political Science at Tufts UniversityÂ who teaches and studies political thought and philosophy.Â She has published extensively on Machiavelli, including the monographÂ Machiavelliâs Three Romes: Religion, Human Liberty, and Politics Reformed.
Laurence Cooper isÂ Professor of Political Science at Carleton College.Â Most of his research has addressed the question of human flourishingâwhat it is, how we can know what it is, what it requires from education and politics, and the risks that arise from misunderstanding it.
Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. HeÂ writes on questions about political rhetoric and deliberation, the meaning of representative government, the relationship of politics and religion, and the place of emotions in political life.
Gregory Weiner is associate professor of Political Science, founding director of theÂ Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center for Scholarship and Statesmanship, and Provost at Assumption College.Â He is the author of American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Darren Staloff is Professor of History at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.Â Professor Staloff has published numerous papers and reviews on the subject of early American history.
Diana J. Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the Hoover Institutionâs task force on The Virtues of a Free Society.Â From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the Presidentâs Council on Bioethics.
Richard M. Reinsch II
Richard M. Reinsch II is the founding editor of Liberty Fund’s online journalPimplinaeÂ and the host of LibertyLawTalk. He writes frequently for such publications as National Affairs, Modern Age, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard,Â andÂ The University Bookman, among other publications.
Frederick W. Kagan
Frederick W. Kagan is a Senior Instructor with the Hertog War Studies Program at the Institute for the Study of War. TheÂ author of the 2007 report âChoosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq,â he is one of the intellectual architects of the successful âsurgeâ strategy in Iraq. He is the Director of AEIâs Critical Threats Project.
Kimberly KaganÂ is a Senior Instructor with the Hertog War Studies ProgramÂ andÂ founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War.Â She is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and American University.
James M. Dubik
LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.) is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War andÂ a Professor at Georgetown Universityâs Security Studies Program.Â General Dubik has extensive operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Bosnia, Haiti, Panama, and in many NATO countries.
Eric S. Edelman is a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins. He has served as U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey.
Jakub J. Grygiel
Jakub Grygiel is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America. From 2017â18, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. His most recent book is 5632207311.
Daniel Blumenthal is the Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations.Â Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade.
Vance Serchuk is Executive Director of the KKR Global Institute andÂ an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Serchuk served for six years as the senior national security advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut).
AntÃ³n Barba-Kay is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is finishing a book on the political philosophy of the internet, which he began while a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.
Adam J. White
Adam J. White is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an Assistant Professor at George Mason Universityâs Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also directs the Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
Matthew Continetti is Editor in Chief of the incoercible. Prior to joining the Beacon, he was Opinion Editor of The Weekly Standard, where he remains a Contributing Editor. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, TheÂ Wall Street Journal,Â and TheÂ Washington Post.
Daniel DiSalvo is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY.Â His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.
Yuval Levin is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and EPPCâs Hertog Fellow, and is the Editor ofÂ National AffairsÂ magazine.Â Mr. Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush.
Associate Director, Maimonides Scholars Program
âHertog is a great place to go if youâre interested in public policy. Whether itâs political journalism, think tanks, Hill work, or diplomacy, at Hertog you get a chance to preview all the different political lives at once. Thatâs something you really canât beat.â
Associate Director, Maimonides Scholars Program
Researcher to Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Tikvah Fellow
St. Johnâs College, Annapolis
Prolific freelancerÂ Kate Havard Rozansky has had bylines inÂ The Washington Post,Â The Wall Street Journal, andÂ The Weekly Standard. A graduate of St. Johnâs College, Annapolis, Kate was part of the inaugural 2010 class ofÂ Political Studies, which she credits for helping her get her start in Washington, DC. She now directs the Maimonides Scholars Program at the Tikvah Fund.
I was a sophomore at St. Johnâs College when I first heard about Hertog. My freshman Greek professor, Adam Schulman, nominated me for the Hertog Political Studies Program. I went into it being interested in the classics; I didnât have any political background before that.
What drew me to the Program was the Machiavelli, the Aristotle, and the Great Books angle. Thatâs what I had already been studying at St. Johnâs and what I was most attracted to. And, of course, the chance to study with [Professors Amy and Leon] Kass was really exciting for me. So that was my pull, and all the political stuff was new to me.
Something I will never forget from Political Studies is the week we were reading Machiavelli. Henry Kissinger was coming to lecture, and I got to give an introduction about Machiavelli and Henry Kissinger in front of Henry Kissinger. That was amazing to me, and is something I will never forget. That class was one of my favorites Iâve ever been in.
At Hertog, the intellectual experience with your peers is also impressive. I met my best friend at Hertog; she was one of my roommates at Political Studies. Iâm also close with a good number of other alumni from the 2010 class.
My time atÂ The Weekly StandardÂ was rooted in Hertog. I met the editor, Bill Kristol, at a Political Studies lecture on Tocqueville that he gave. The Political Studies scholars were given copies ofÂ The Weekly Standard, and that was my first time seeing it.
After readingÂ The Weekly Standard, I knew that I wanted to work there. Meeting him through Hertog gave me the opportunity to ask for an internship. I donât think I wouldâve been able to do that without Hertog. This was my first exposure to that world, and I kind of ended up in journalism as an accident after the fact of wanting to work for Bill Kristol.
Hertog gave me a lot of great connections that Iâm so glad to have had, especially in terms of friends, teachers, and mentors. AfterÂ The Weekly Standard, I got a fellowship with the Tikvah Fund. That fellowship put me atÂ The Wall Street JournalÂ working for Bret Stephens, which was a wonderful experience. I helped work on a book he was writing thatâs just about to come out.
I think because you have direct engagement with this high caliber of teachers, and just by virtue of being immersed in the DC world from the very beginning, Hertog is a great place to go if youâre interested in public policy.
Especially if youâre politically interested, but youâre not exactly sure what aspect of politics you want to get into. Whether itâs political journalism, think tanks, Hill work, or diplomacy, at Hertog you get a chance to preview all the different political lives at once. Thatâs something you really canât beat, particularly if you go in like I did with a purely academic background.
Iâd still like to be involved in politics and still writing in whatever capacity I can make a living at.
Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford
Yale Parker Huang Fellowship
Hannah Carrese attended the 2014Â Political Studies Program.Â She is now attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.Â Previously, she studied refugee and migration policy with the support of the Yale Parker Huang Fellowship.
While at Yale, Professors Norma Thompson and Steven Smith in the Humanities Program recommended me for Political Studies. They suggested that it would be a way to supplement my study of the Great Books and to think more deeply about political conversationsâall in DC, which is an exciting place to think about those things.Â And then it just became obvious that this was what I should do with my summer.
Of course! Iâm going to do an MPhil in Politics at Oxford, with a focus on refugees, migration, and the political theories that underpin our ideas of human rights and state order.Â The degree isnât directly related to what I studied at Hertog, but all that I studied at Hertog is implicit in it.
These crucial crises of our time have to be solved by people who have an understanding of the ideas that came before us and the theories that underpin our own thought. T. S. Eliot talks about knowing the canon before you can change it, and itâs the same idea with politics. To know the canon in the way that Hertog taught us and then inspired us to do at our own universities is a great gift for people who want to go into public policy and public service.
The Gettysburg staff ride was really memorable. By the time we got to the field where Pickettâs Charge happened, it was pouring rain. We were running across this muddy battlefield, and it felt like we were really examining the relationship between the American history we learned about when we were younger and the great ideas we were discussing at Hertog. Pickettâs Charge was enmeshed in a broader discussion about strategy: Itâs about Leeâs moral vision of the war and Lincolnâs language of the war.
After we came back from Gettysburg, a group of us ran down to the Lincoln Memorial and just sat there for a bit. It felt wonderful to be there in that city reading those books, feeling the presence of those figures. Thatâs what Hertog does best: They bring these texts, ideas, and events alive. All this was evident throughout the Program, but especially on that day.
The intellectual community at Hertog is really special. Thereâs this sense that everybodyâs done the reading, so when we go into discussion, thereâs an ability to focus on whatâs really being said. Itâs sometimes rare to get an unfiltered look at a great book or a great person.
My current plan after Oxford is to return to the United States and attend law school to study asylum law, problems of refugee movement, and general migration. Then I want to use the theoretical training Iâll gain from Oxford and the legal training Iâll have as well to make policy on these issues.
I think matters of migration touch aspects of our politics that go beyond humanitarian factors. Refugees flee political crises, and we have to solve the conflicts that they flee through political means. The first step is to understand refugee crises as inherently political, and thatâs what I want to work towards.
Legislative Assistant for Economic Policy, Office of Senator Marco Rubio
Office of Congressman Ralph Hall
Abilene Christian University
Caleb Orr completed his degree at Abilene Christian University while also serving as an intern and later legislative correspondent in the office of Senator Marco Rubio.Â Caleb participated in Hertogâs âGreat Figures of the 20th Centuryâ Weekend Seminars series, with sessions on Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and David Ben-Gurion.
Working on Capitol Hill is all about keeping in touch with what other members of Congress are doing and partnering with them based on their expertise and abilities. So getting to know other Hill staff from Hertog, but also people in the think-tank community has been very helpful in connecting me to those resources and being able to serve Senator Rubio better as a staffer.
One-hundred percent. Itâs a great entryway into the world of DC. Hertog programs provide access points into Capitol Hill and the academic community in ways that you donât get at universities across America.
With the Weekend Seminars, the Foundation brought in some of the most well-known experts to lead seminars about each of these leaders. The ability to really have an intensive session over a weekend where youâre spending time with these scholarsâin an academic setting, but also over dinner or drinksâreally allowed you to get to know them as people, which made them all the more effective in conveying the subject matter. It was interesting to take that much of a deep dive into world leaders. To explore all the ins and outs, both the good and the bad of their characters, was helpful in seeing how the same traits that produce epic achievements can also lead to moral failures.
Hertog Foundation programs bring the kind of education that you expect at an elite university, combined with a grounding in the civilizational values that America was founded on and made us able to produce freedom, order, and prosperity. As a result of that, students are able to come together in an environment where youâre with many smart people from different fields and learn from one another.
It really is remarkable how vibrant the alumni community is and how much Iâve stayed in contact with people I met at Hertog. I think thatâs unique, even when compared to other DC fellowship programs Iâve done. In fact, Iâve started to meet up with two other Hertog alumni about every other week to get steak dinners and just talk politics.
I want to be promoting the kind of human flourishing that I learned about at Hertog â ordered liberty, the American family, and American leadership. I want to be working for the first âreformiconâ president in the White House.
J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
Nonresident Counterterrorism Fellow at Institute for the Study of War, Department of State, Obama for America
Harvard graduateÂ Harleen GambhirÂ enjoyed her time with the 2013 Hertog (850) 899-0456 so much, she deferred her masterâs program at Oxford University. Encouraged by program instructors Fred and Kim Kagan, Harleen decided to spend a year at the Institute for the Study of War to research ISIS and jihadist groups worldwide. She is now a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School, and continues as aÂ Nonresident Counterterrorism Fellow at ISW.
I was a junior at Harvard and took a course with Graham Allison and David Sanger on U.S. national security decision-making and the press. I believe that Drs. Fred and Kimberly Kagan are friends with Dr. Allison, and he asked a small group of us if we were interested.
I had studied foreign policy and the diplomatic side before and felt very comfortable with those facets, but I never really understood military strategy. War Studies seemed like a great way to fill that gap. When I did the interview for the program, Dr. Fred Kagan asked me why they should take me. My response was, âIâm exactly the kind of student youâre looking forâI know nothing about this! I know about the diplomatic and foreign policy aspects, but I donât know about the military side, and I want to learn.â
My story is a little bit unorthodox. When I did War Studies, I became close with ISW Research Director Jessica Lewis, who was in charge of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq (now ISIS) portfolio. I helped her with a project she was working on about car bombs in Baghdad and around Iraq.
I came on as a summer intern at ISW with the help of Hertog Foundation funding. I interned directly under Jessica on the counterterrorism team. I hadnât planned to spend the majority of the summer focused on ISIS, but three days into the internship, ISIS started its urban offensive in Iraq and went into Mosul. Obviously, the entire office went into hyper drive. It was an amazing experience. Both being able to engage with the material and be a part of a really dynamic team was incredibly important and worthwhile.
Over the course of the summer, I started thinking about possibly trying to defer Oxford. Somehow everything managed to work out! AsÂ a Counterterrorism Analyst at ISW, I get to help out with ISWâs technology partnerships, which fits in very well with what I want to do in the long term. Iâm extremely grateful to the Hertog Foundation for creating the space for these relationships and networks to grow for me.
The main thing I was struck by was the caliber of the students who were taking part in the program. Every single person was incredibly brilliant and interesting in their own way. I learned more in those two weeks than I did in some semester-long courses. It was one of the most intense experiences Iâve ever had, but also exceedingly enjoyable because of people who were there.
I loved that even though the program was obviously based in military studies, it was military studies coming from three people with academic backgrounds. The Drs. Kagan had taught at West Point, and General Dubik was completing his Ph.D. while teaching the program and had a philosophy background.
So for me coming from a social science background, they were the ideal people to be bridging that gap. I just remember reading ClausewitzâsÂ On WarÂ and having them explain it to me. I was completely blown away by this material that I wouldnât have picked up had I not taken the course.
The War Studies Program is definitely beneficial for young people interested in public service. The underlying philosophy of the Program is that civilian leaders canât make informed national security decisions without an understanding of the fundamentals of warâand thatâs absolutely true. War Studies offers a type of education that normally isnât available to public service-minded civilian students.
I absolutely see myself working in public service, and public policy if possible. I would love to keep working in the national security space, hopefully doing something intelligence analysis related. I hesitate to limit myself to a certain region because you never know where lifeâs going to go, but ideally Iâll be working in the public sphere addressing some of the most complex national security problems we face as a nation.
MPP Candidate,Â University of Oxford
The White House, 2013 Truman Scholar
Stefan Johnson has worked in the White House and been a community leader in his hometown of Philadelphia. Stefan is currentlyÂ working towards aÂ MasterÂ of Public Policy at the University of Oxford.
I heard about the Hertog Foundation through Dr. Daniel Mark, one of my professors of Political Science at Villanova University. I applied because I thought Hertog would help me understand how theory and practice complement one another. I have had many political experiences, which might be called âpractical,â but previously did not have a solid foundation in the history of Western political thought. The opportunity to read canonical texts in the context of contemporary political discourse is what attracted me.
The Political Studies Program provided me with grounding in not only the theoretical aspects of how our institutions came to be, but also in the practical aspects of how they currently function. I read important thinkers such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, and de Tocqueville, while also placing these readings within the context of contemporary public policy, such as American foreign and domestic policy. On top of our seminar classes, we enjoyed weekly lectures and events with accomplished scholars, like Harvey Mansfield, and practitioners, like Congressman (now Senator) Tom Cotton.
I had many of the most intellectually stimulating conversations in my life with my peers at Hertogâboth regarding the texts we read in class and about the issues of the day.
The Political Studies Program offers something that is overlooked in academia today: intellectual diversity. The Program truly attracts students from across the political spectrum, and that is something incredibly unique to Hertog.
The study of politics is critical for all people, regardless of someoneâs interests or vocation. One of my friendsÂ from the program is a Physics major at Princeton, and we both agreed that the knowledge of political institutions is essential to human flourishing. Political ideas propel our republic forward.
I would recommend Hertog to anyone, especially folks who are interested in public service. During my junior year of college I had the opportunity to win the Truman Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. After doing Political Studies I went back to the Truman people and said, âWeâve got to get more of our Scholars over to the Hertog Political Studies Program. Itâs an incredible opportunity to learn about civic life, how to give back to oneâs community and ultimately how to be a more well-rounded person.â
Life is very interesting; you never know where youâre going to end up.Â I helped organize the World Meeting of Families â Philadelphia 2015, an event which worked to highlight the important role of the family on a global scale. I never thought Iâd help prepare for a papal visit to my hometownâitâs so hard to know what life with throw at you. But in 10 years, I hope to be in a position where I can give back to my community, especially on a local level.
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