Ronald J. Pestritto

Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Politics, Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution

Welcome, Prospective Graduate Students

Whether you are most drawn to our serious study of Political Philosophy or to our qualitative approach to American Politics and Political Thought, you will find our talented Graduate Faculty, whose profiles are linked below, deeply committed to both. Their dedication is evident in how they conduct their classes, by their ongoing research and scholarship, through their active supervision of dissertations and theses, by their availability outside the classroom, and in the frequent invitations they receive for interviews and public lectures.

Now in our ninth year of operations, I have welcomed nearly a hundred graduate students across the Commencement stage as they received their degree. Those degrees included seven Ph.D. and ninety M.A. degrees, with thirty-eight of those master’s graduates continuing in the doctoral program. You can learn more about our Current Students through their profiles, which are also linked in the above menu.

You will also find information on this site about Applications & Admissions, our Curriculum, our generous Financial Support, and the specifics of our Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees. The Graduate Handbook covers all these matters in detail.

If you visit campus while classes are in session, you will have the opportunity to attend available graduate courses and interact with the faculty and students. While here, you can tour our facilities and discover the beauty of our campus—including the newly constructed Christ Chapel—and also enjoy a meal with current students, while hearing firsthand about their experiences in and perspectives on our program. I or a staff member will also meet with you one-on-one to discuss our program and answer your questions. If you are interested in a campus visit, have a question, desire more information, or are interested in our current placement list, please let us know.

Faculty Profiles

Larry P. Arnn

President of Hillsdale College, Professor of History and Politics

Adam M. Carrington

Associate Professor of Politics

Timothy Caspar

Lecturer of Politics, Associate Vice President for External Affairs

Mickey Craig

Professor of Politics, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Politics

John W. Grant

Professor of Politics, Chair of the Politics Department

Khalil Habib

Associate Professor of Politics

Ronald J. Pestritto

Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Politics, Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution

Kevin Portteus

Professor of Politics, Director of American Studies, Lawrence Fertig Chair in Politics

Joseph Postell

Associate Professor of Politics

Paul A. Rahe

Professor of History, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage

Kevin Slack

Associate Professor of Politics

Thomas G. West

Professor of Politics, Paul Ermine Potter and Dawn Tibbetts Potter Endowed Professorship in Politics