Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government



Ronald J. Pestritto

Ronald Pestritto

Ronald Pestritto

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty

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, and holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution.  He serves as a Senior Fellow of the College’s Kirby 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.  He has published seven books, including Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism, and American Progressivism.  Among his other books are an edited collection of Wilson’s speeches and writings, Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings, a three-book series on American political thought, and Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America.  He has also served as a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, has written widely on progressivism and the administrative state for publications, such as, the Wall Street Journal and the Claremont Review of Books, and has appeared as a commentator on FoxNews.  Dr. Pestritto earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University in 1996.