Ronald J. Pestritto


Senior Fellow, The Kirby Center

Ronald J. PestrittoRonald 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 image

 Modern America Legacy image

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American Progressivism: A Reader

Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding

Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings

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Challenges American Founding Historicism image

 American Founding Social Compact image

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Challenges to the American Founding

The American Founding and the Social Compact

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