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Constitutional Fellows Program

Offered by the The American Conservative and the Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) at Catholic University.

**Applications are currently closed. Applications for the Spring 2022 Semester will open in mid-December 2021.  Please check back.

The U.S. Constitution is everywhere cited, but how many really know what they are talking about? The Constitution assumes an entire view of human nature, society, and politics and has moral and cultural preconditions. Without people who respect and embody the spirit of the Constitution, the Constitution cannot be sustained. Truly to understand the text of the Constitution it is necessary to be familiar with its historical sources and the view of life that it implies.

The Constitutional Fellows Program is a three month course of study designed for Congressional staffers, journalists, and other policy professionals. Offered at a time when America’s constitutional order may seem to be crumbling, the program illuminates the meaning of the Constitution and the prospects for its reinvigoration.

Fellows participate in six rigorous sessions over the course of a semester, examining various aspects of the Constitution and its relationship to current politics and policy:

  • What is the Constitution, Really?
  • Ancient and Christian Origins of American Constitutionalism
  • Radical Democracy, Socialism, and Other Domestic Challenges
  • The Constitution and Foreign Policy
  • Constitutionalism and Economics
  • Contemporary Challenges for American Constitutionalism

This program has been featured in both RealClearWire and New Oxford Review as an exemplary civic education program.

Students who attend at least five of the six sessions will be certified as graduates of the Constitutional Fellows Program. Students who show particular commitment and distinguish themselves in discussion will be designated Honors Graduates.

Each session will have a seminar format and will be conducted by two or three leading experts. Students will prepare for each session by studying carefully chosen and manageable readings. Now in its third semester, the Constitutional Fellows Program has featured faculty members like Claes Ryn (Catholic University), William Smith (Catholic University), Rod Dreher (The American Conservative), Patrick Deneen (University of Notre Dame), Oren Cass (American Compass), Daniel McCarthy (The Fund for American Studies), John Burtka (Intercollegiate Studies Institute), Bradley J. Birzer (Hillsdale College), Jonathan Askonas (Catholic University), Justin Litke (Catholic University), Joseph Baldacchino (Catholic University), Chris Owen (Northeastern State University), David Hendrickson (Colorado College), Emily Finley (Stanford University), Michael Federici (Middle Tennessee State University), and more.

Only a limited number of students can be admitted into this highly competitive program. To seek admission, send an application to [email protected]theamericanconservative.com. The application should contain (1) a c.v., (2) a personal statement of about 500 words on why the applicant wishes to participate, and (3) at least one letter of recommendation from a person–usually a supervisor or a current or former professor–who can speak to the applicant’s suitability for the Program. Students who are admitted will pay a $25.00 enrollment fee.

Past Fellows

Louis A. Bertolotti, conservative political operative, most recently Targeted Engagement Manager for the Republican National Committee

Casey J. Chalk, Contributing Editor at the New Oxford Review and senior contributor at The Federalist

Mikael Good, Editorial and Policy Assistant at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Wes Hodges, founding Coalition Director for American Compass

Babs Hough, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

Ana Marina Krauss Ingham, staffer in the United States Senate

Jimmy Lewis, Graduate Liaison Specialist at the Institute for Humane Studies

Christopher N. Malagisi, Christopher Malagisi – Executive Director of Outreach for Hillsdale College | Washington, D.C.

Chris Medrano, Strategic Research Analyst at Stand Together

Gabriela N. Rodriguez, Research Assistant with the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC)

Zachary Rogers, nonprofit staffer focusing on higher education policy

Megan Rohn, Security Administrator at the US Department of State

Andrew Schmitz, Consultant for Deloitte’s federal practice

Heidi Thom, Legislative Correspondent for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Charles “Jonah” Wendt, Legislative Correspondant for Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)

Chandler Averette, National Republican Senatorial Committee

John Connolly, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Suanne Edmiston, Legislative Director for Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Jorge Gonzalez-Gallarza Hernández, Senior Researcher at Fundación Civismo

Paul David Harshman, System Vulnerability Analyst at the Department of Defense

Robert Hasler, ministry associate with Ministry to State

Jessica Kramer, freelance video host for Media Research Center

Michael Marn, Policy Assistant at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Quinn Marschik, Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Department of Labor

Dustin Messer, Priest at All Saints Dallas

Julie Mitchell, Outreach Assistant and Intern Coordinator at Media Research Center

Sam Mulopulos, Legislative Assistant for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

Michael Rafferty, US Army (ret.)

Jacob Stubbs, Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate.

Daniel “Sully” Sullivan, Foundation Ambassador of the Shafik Gabr Foundation

Sydney Thomas, Communications Director in the U.S. Congress

Karen Testerman, US Marine Embassy Guard Unit

Clare Basil, Legislative Correspondent for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

Robert Bellafiore, Policy Advisor at the Joint Economic Committee

Shane Devine, research assistant at the Capital Research Center

Caroline G. Douglas, law author, university instructor, media host and guest

Isaac Easton, Research Assistant for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)

Tyler Fagan, Legislative Correspondent for Representative Jason Smith (R-MO)

Nicholas Grandpre, Staff Assistant for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)

Dan Grazier, former Marine Corps captain, writer, and lecturer

Amalia C. Halikias, Communications Director of the Joint Economic Committee

James Haynes, Research Assistant in the Brookings Institution’s China Center

Anthony Hennen, Managing Editor at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Rebecca Sears Holdenried, External Relations Director for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)

Wells King, Policy Advisor to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on the Joint Economic Committee

Christopher Krepich, Communications Director for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Sarah Lee, Communications Director and External and Media Relations Manager at the Capital Research Center

Michael Lucchese, Digital Media Assistant in the office of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)

James Mazol, Policy Director for the Aviation and Space and Security Subcommittees on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Scott Reber, Legislative Assistant for Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID)

Carlos Roa, Senior Editor at the National Interest

John Shelton, Legislative Assistant in the United States Congress

Amber Todoroff, Policy Associate at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute