Ronald J. Pestritto, Ph.D.


Senior Fellow, The Kirby Center


Ronald J. Pestritto Ronald J. Pestritto is dean of the Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College, and he holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. He serves as a senior fellow of the College’s Kirby Center and is also a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute. He earned his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Pestritto is the author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism, the editor of Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings, and the co-editor of American Progressivism: A Reader.






Bureaucratic Despotism or the Constitution
January 28, 2012  |  Constitution Town Hall

The Obama Administration vs. The Constitution
May 6, 2011  |  First Principles on First Fridays

Progressives and the Constitution
May 1, 2009  |  First Principles on First Fridays



A Bully’s Pulpit
April 3, 2013  |  The Claremont Review of Books

Woodrow Wilson
July 31, 2012  |  The Heritage Foundation

Glenn Beck, Progressives, and Me
September 15, 2010  |  The Wall Street Journal

Theodore Roosevelt Was No Conservative
December 27, 2008  |  The Wall Street Journal

A Nicer Form of Tyranny
May 19, 2008  |  Claremont Review of Books

Leaving the Constitution
June 8, 2006  |  Claremont Review of Books

The Perils of Progress
August 26, 2004  |  Claremont Review of Books

Reading Woodrow Wilson
February 13, 2003  |  Claremont Review of Books





American Progressivism: A Reader







Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding







Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism







Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings







Challenges to the American Founding: Slavery, Historicism, and Progressivism in the Nineteenth Century







The American Founding and the Social Compact







Founding the Criminal Law: Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America