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Bruno Cortes

Ph.D. Candidate

Waterbury, Connecticut

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. University of Connecticut, Political Science, 2009

M.A. St. John's College, Liberal Arts, 2011

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2016

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“Once I had read Hillsdaleā€™s honor code and statement of purpose, I just fell in love with the school.”

~ Bruno Cortes


Somewhere or other, I heard about a small, private liberal arts college in Michigan that refuses to take federal money and everything that came with it, has a great faculty, great students and took its work seriously. Once I had read Hillsdale’s honor code and the school’s statement of purpose, I just fell in love with it. Hillsdale removes many institutional and ideological barriers to the serious study of politics and political philosophy, but preserves the rigor and institutional structures necessary for this kind of study to progress and flourish.






Teaching Experience

POL 220: American Foreign Policy. Hillsdale College, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022.
Upper School American History, Philosophy, and Political Thought. Founders Classical Academy of Leander, TX, Fall 2019-Spring 2020.


Empire of Liberty: Territorial Expansion in the Old Northwest Territory (in progress)

Research Interests

Classical Political Theory

Contemporary Political Thought

American Political Thought

Politics and Literature

Academic Experience

American Indian? A Review of Colin G. Calloway’s The Indian World of George Washington.” Claremont Review of Books Digital. September 2018.

“The First American Constitution: The Founders on Territorial Expansion and the Quebec Act.” Presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association. Montreal, Canada. 2018.

“Publius and the Federalist on Empire.” Presented at the American Political Science Association. San Francisco, CA. 2017.

“Nietzsche’s Critique of Modern Education in Schopenhauer as Educator.” Presented at the 22nd Annual Association of Core Texts Conference, Atlanta, GA. 2015.