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Brett Waite

Ph.D. Candidate

Lincoln, Nebraska



B.S. Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, Concordia University, Nebraska, 2012

M.A. Politics, Hillsdale College, 2019

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“If our empire of liberty is to be resuscitated from its slow death, it will be due in no small part to a great revival of the political theory of our founding fathers.”

~ Brett Waite


Much of the damage wrought by the progressive movement occurred through the targeting of education. The fact that ideas have consequences is not merely a cliché; it is an obvious fact of history—empires rise and fall because of them. And our empire of liberty is no exception: it will either be resuscitated from its slow death or lost forever, and if the former, it will be due in no small part to a great revival of the political theory of our founding fathers.

At Hillsdale, we study America’s founding principles, and how and why they were abandoned, and what it will take to reclaim them. This focus on first principles in our American and Western Heritage traditions is truly what sets Hillsdale College apart from other schools and is exactly what brought me here. After graduation, my plan, God-willing, is to become a teacher, either at a K-12 classical school or at the college level.

Awards & Fellowships

Judith Finn Memorial Exemplary Master's Graduate Award, 2019

Research Interests


The American Founding

American Progressivism

Academic Experience

“Aristotle and Thomas Hobbes on Deliberation.” Presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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