Matthew Spalding

Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs

Matt hew SpaldingMatthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. As such he oversees the operations of the Kirby Center and the various academic and educational programs of Hillsdale in the nation’s capital. 

He is the best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, which details America’s core principles, shows how they have come under assault by modern progressive-liberalism and lays out a strategy to recover them. Spalding also is executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His other books include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders’ Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding.

Prior to joining Hillsdale, Dr. Spalding was Vice President of American Studies at The Heritage Foundation and founding director of its B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He continues at Heritage as the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to teaching at Hillsdale, he has taught at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America and Claremont McKenna College.

He and his wife Elizabeth, a 1988 Hillsdale alumna, currently reside with their two children in Arlington, Virginia.



The String-Pullers
January 2, 2012  |  National Review Online

Article V: Congress, Conventions, and Constitutional Amendments

February 10, 2011  |  The Heritage Foundation

Treaty Ratifications During Lame Duck Sessions

December 9, 2010  |  The Heritage Foundation

America’s Founders and the Principles of Foreign Policy: Sovereign Independence, National Interests, and the Cause of Liberty in the World

October 15, 2010  |  The Heritage Foundation

Why is America Exceptional?

October 1, 2010  |  The Heritage Foundation

Reclaiming America: Why We Honor the Tea Party Movement

July 15, 2010  |  The Heritage Foundation

A Republic, If You Want It
February 8, 2010  |  National Review Online




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We Still Hold These Truths

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

The Founders' Almanac

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A Sacred Union of Citizens